Bundesliga: Schalke vs VFB Stuttgart preview, stats and prediction
Bundesliga action continues tonight as we anticipate for a late Friday night clash between Schalke and VFB Stuttgart. Schalke 04 host VFB Stuttgart tonight and we look at the team news, stats and prediction for this Bundesliga fixture.
Schalke are winless in 21 Bundesliga games [D8, L13], their last win coming at home against Monchengladbach in January (2-0). Only Tasmania Berlin are the only Bundesliga team to endure a longer winless streak (31) in 1965/66.
VFB Stuttgart records two wins from their last two away games in the Bundesliga this season. Including last season, Stuttgart records four wins from their last five games, losing one to Karlsruher SC.
Schalke 04 vs VFB Stuttgart stats
Schalke are currently on an eight-game unbeaten streak vs Stuttgart in the Bundesliga [W6, D2]. Schalke 04 have also scored 17goals and let in 5goals in these eight fixtures.
However, VFB Stuttgart are the second Bundesliga side to record the most wins against Schalke 04 (42- joint with Frankfurt). Also, Schalke 04 records 38 wins against Stuttgart, only against Werder Bremen & HSV have they won more.
Having the worst goal difference after five games [-17], Schalke lost 3-0 to Borussia Dortmund away from home in their last Bundesliga fixture. Schalke are with only one win in five games [D1, L3], a win coming at home to Paderborn SC in a friendly game.
Stuttgart are still the Bundesliga’s strongest away side, earning two wins from their only two games on the road. Scoring six goals and letting in one in these two away Bundesliga fixtures, they sit 5th on the Bundesliga table.
Schalke: Rönnow – Ludewig, Sane, Nastastic, Oczipka – Mascarell (c), Bozdogan – Harit, Uth, Raman – Paciencia
Out: Fährmann (groin), Kabak (suspended), Serdar (thigh)
Coach: Manuel Baum
Stuttgart: Kobel – Stenzel, Karazor, Kempf – Gonzalez, Mangala, Endo, Coulibaly – Didavi, Castro (c) – Kalajdzic
Out: Anton (ankle), Awoudja (Achilles tendon), Mavropanos (knee), Mola (hip), Thommy (elbow)
Doubtful: Massimo (knee), Silas (knee)
Coach: Pellegrino Matarazzo
Schalke vs Stuttgart VERDICT
Schalke 04 poor start to the season is a huge concern heading into this game. They secured only one point out of a possible 15 in five games. Also, as they face a Stuttgart team that is currently ruthless away from home, more doom looms around for the home side.
PREDICTION: SCHALKE 1-3 VFB STUTTGART