Bayer Leverkusen take on the visitors Stuttgart in DFB Pokal quarterfinals. The match will be played on Tuesday, February 6th at BayArena (Leverkusen).
Bayer have become the main phenomenon in German and even world football this year. The Aspirin team was led by Xabi Alonso in the previous season, albeit joining midway as a firefighter. Although the young specialist improved the situation, his work in Leverkusen at that time was not considered extraordinary. It's a different story now when the rejuvenated team has embarked on an incredibly long and comprehensive unbeaten streak since the summer, covering all official matches. On the flip side, it's still Neverkusen, and they might end up with nothing again. Especially now, with rumors circulating that the coach is being courted either by Liverpool, where Klopp will depart, or by Barcelona, where Xavi is enduring a challenging season. In the Europa League, the Germans have the entire knockout stage ahead of them. In the Bundesliga, despite not scoring at home against Borussia Mönchengladbach, they allowed Bayern to get closer. However, over the weekend, they predictably and confidently defeated Darmstadt, with a final score of 2-0. By the way, this will be their 10th encounter with Zvezda Yuga. On the other hand, they are a bit closer to the cup title, but many favorites have already dropped out of the race.
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Stuttgart had a good 2023. They finally got the coach right, and it was Hennes who prevented the team's return to the Bundesliga 2. In June, they had to go through playoff matches, fortunately successful for the club. After the summer break, progress continued and strengthened. Gerassi stands out, scoring almost at the level of Kane in this championship. Thanks in part to Seru's goals, they managed to confidently hold onto the third position. Although the results stumbled towards winter, and January started with a couple of defeats to Mönchengladbach and Bochum. However, they ended that month with a crushing 5-2 victory over RB Leipzig on their home turf. February started with a not much less convincing 3-1 victory against Freiburg. Simultaneously, they managed to progress through rounds in the country's cup. In the last stage, in early December, they secured a grandmaster 2-0 victory at home against Dortmund's Borussia.
After 2010, the Swabians won only one head-to-head match. But in 2023, they shared points twice with the Aspirin team – once in May and once in December, both ending 1-1 in Stuttgart. Although the Aspirin team is expectedly viewed as favorites, their guests are back in form. So, we can expect a vibrant match with goals, and the final prediction is total over 3.0.
Prediction for the match: Over 3.0 scored goals.