Preview - Stuttgart vs Arminia Bielefeld 22 May 21

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Match Day 34
Stuttgart vs. Arminia Bielefeld
Saturday, May 22nd 2021
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz-Arena

Last five matches form: L L L W W
Average goals per match: 1.70
Average goals against per match: 1.61
Top Scorer: Sasa Kalajdzic (16)

Arminia Bielefeld:
Last five matches form: D W L D D
Average goals per match: 0.73
Average goals against per match: 1.58
Top Scorer: Ritsu Doan & Fabian Klos (4)

Not too many of the sides have all that much left to play for as we head into the final round of fixtures in the Bundesliga. That isn't true of Arminia Bielefeld though who aren't yet sure of their Bundesliga survival.

Fourth bottom Bielefeld are in the right place at present, but are only one point clear of third bottom Werder Bremen with a worse goal difference and two above second bottom Koln. As such only a win in this one will make absolutely sure of their survival. Hosts Stuttgart meanwhile sit in ninth and could feasibly move up to seventh with a win but won't be qualifying for Europe now.

Bielefeld were comfortable 3-0 winners in the reverse of this fixture. The most recent competitive clash here came in Bundesliga 2 last season, with that game ending in a 1-1 draw.

Tanguy Coulibaly, Nicolás González, Clinton Mola, Silas Wamangituka, Orel Mangala and Momo Cisse are all out injured for the home side whilst Wataru Endo misses out through suspension. The suspended Anderson Lucoqui is the only confirmed absentee for the visitors.

Having lost four on the spin, Stuttgart now head into this on the back of successive 2-1 wins over Augsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach as they bid to end the season on a high. Having failed to win any of their first eight at home, they have now won five of their last eight as their form has picked up in the second half of the season. Both sides have scored in 12 of 14 here.

Bielefeld are without a win in three, but have picked up a point in each of their last two. They have won only two of 16 on the road, failing to score in half of those games, including each of their last three.

Bielefeld have the greater need, but Stuttgart have been playing some decent stuff of late and are unlikely to lie down. That said, the defensive record of the hosts isn't a great one and we see this ending all square. Whether that will be enough for Bielefeld remains to be seen.

Prediction: Stuttgart 1 - 1 Arminia Bielefeld


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 12 - 10
Shots on target: 0 - 3
Corner Kicks: 3 - 6
Possession: 72% - 28%
Referee: Tobias Stieler

Stuttgart: Naouriou Ahamada (Yellow)
Arminia Bielefeld: None

66 minutes 0-1 (Fabian Klos (pen)): Naouirou Ahamada being robbed of possession by Masaya Okugawa and bringing the Bielefeld man down inside the area in an effort to win it back. Penalty kick. Klos stepping up and confidently dispatching into the bottom left.

72 minutes 0-2 (Ritsu Doan): Andreas Voglsammer finding Doan with a smart backheel in the right of the area. Doan doing well to cut inside two Stuttgart defenders, finding space for the shot and slotting home low to the left of the keeper from around 12 yards out to the right.

Analysis: Arminia Bielefeld were the side who needed to win this and it showed as they were the team making the running early - Ritsu Doan a little unfortunate to see an effort from the edge of the area deflected onto the woodwork.
Stuttgart then looked to have put the visitors right under pressure when having the ball in the net before the break, only for Sasa Kalajdzic's effort to be chalked off for offside.
That disallowed goal ended up being Stuttgart's only moment of real threat over the course of the ninety minutes, and on the official stats the hosts failed to register even a single shot on target.
Bielefeld came on stronger in the second half, and having been giving a helping hand by Stuttgart for the opener took the second well to record a vital win.

League Standings: With Koln winning below them, Arminia Bielefeld did need to win this in the end and end the season fourth bottom, two points clear of the drop. Stuttgart finish up in ninth.

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