Stuttgart take on the visitors Borussia Dortmund at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in the 8th tour of the Bundesliga. The match will be played in the eponymous city Stuttgart on Saturday, October 20th.
Stuttgart are on the last place in the Bundesliga at the moment. They have been in a crisis period for quite a long time. It seemed like after Die Roten had drawn against Freiburg and Fortuna Dusseldorf they would start to make some steps towards leaving the crisis zone. However, right after those draws they lost to Leipzig. The tour after the team of Markus Weinzierl was able to beat one of the leading teams in the league Werder Bremen. The fans of the team thought that was a sign of hope but Die Schwaben lost their following game in the Bundesliga to Hannover 96 with a 1-3 score on the away side. After all those failures the management of the team decided to fire the head coach of the team Tayfun Korkut on October 7th. Now the new head coach of Die Roten is Markus Weinzierl who worked with Augsburg and Schalke 04 before. Quite frankly, he is unlucky to start his work in Stuttgart with a match against one of the leaders in the Bundesliga. In their last three matches Stuttgart lost to Hannover 96 with a 1-3 score, beat Werder Bremen with a 2-1 score and lost to Leipzig with a 0-2 score.
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Borussia Dortmund have taken advantage of the mistakes their opponents in the Bundesliga have made recently and have placed first in the table. Overall, they have been in a great shape lately. Die Borussen have been undefeated for thirteen fixtures in a row now. Furthermore, they have drawn only three of those games. Now the team of Lucien Favre needs to beat Stuttgart on the away side in order to maximize their handicap from the teams below in the table. In their last three matches Borussia Dortmund beat Alemannia Aachen with a 4-0 score in a friendly fixture, Augsburg with a 4-3 score and Monaco with a 3-0 score in their UEFA Champions League group stage fixture.
Borussia Dortmund are 99% likely to beat Stuttgart in the upcoming match. The teams have had multiple fixtures between them in history and Die Borussen have won most of them. In their last ten games between Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart the first ones won eight of them. Now there is nothing to stop them from beating Die Roten once again. One could say that the new head coach of Stuttgart would try to shock Borussia Dortmund on Saturday but it would be incredibly hard for Markus Weinzierl to do that. Even though there have been many stories with the new head coaches of the teams succeeding immediately in the history of football that will not happen on Saturday almost for sure. Thereby it is likely that Markus Weinzield will start his work in the team with a loss. Nonetheless, no one is going to blame him for making his team lose to the leader of the Bundesliga. It`s not even about the shape Stuttgart have been in recently. It`s about the recent shape of Borussia Dortmund who have been beating their opponents one by one lately. The team of Lucien Favre should beat Die Schwaben in the upcoming fixture.
Prediction for the match: Borussia Dortmund to win.