Three points is more than just a necessity for VfB Stuttgart as they take on Mainz at the Mercedes Benz Arena on Friday.
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The home side have lost three games on the trot and would be desperate to set the record straight against a Mainz side that hasn’t tasted defeated in the last four games.
The Swabians put on a much improved display against Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park but still lost the game 2-1. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side put in a very spirited performance but it wasn’t to be their day as Marco Reus scored the winning goal in the last five minutes of the game.
Stuttgart returned to topflight German football last season and are now occupying the relegation playoff spot. They have won just two games in the Bundesliga so need a win against Mainz.
The Carnival club has had a great start to the campaign and are currently in 8th place in the league standings. Bo Svensson has made the team more solid at the back, conceding only 12 goals so far. Players up front keep chipping in crucial goals which is why Mainz should be aiming to push for a Europa League spot.
Stuttgart v Mainz Team News
Stuttgart have been dealt a wicked hand this season due to injuries but a lot of those players are returning soon which could improve their chances of survival. Tanguy Coulibaly misses out due to suspension. Enzo Millot, Mohamed Sankoh, Marc Oliver Kempf, Atakan Karazor, Erik Tommy and Sasa Kalajdzic miss out due to injury.
Mainz on the other hand, are likely to give young defender David Nemeth a chance following St Juste’s injury. Dominik Kohr is nursing a tendon injury so he misses out while Anderson Lucoqui and Niklas Tauer will also watch the game from home.
Stuttgart possible starting lineup:
Muller; Mavropanos, Anton, Ito; Nartey; Massimo, Endo, Mangala, Sosa; Al Ghaddioui, Didavi
Mainz 05 possible starting lineup:
Zentner; Nemeth, Hack, Niakhate; Widmer, Lee, Barreiro, Boetius, Martin; Onisiwo, Burkardt
Stuttgart v Mainz Betting Odds
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Over 2.5: 10/11
Stuttgart v Mainz Match Prediction
Stuttgart are in deep trouble and it is likely that their troubles won’t be over any time soon. Mainz have a set philosophy and are not the sort of side that comes bearing gifts. A straightforward win is on the cards for the away side.
Predicted final score: Stuttgart 0-1 Mainz
Best Bet: Mainz to win at 11/8
Bet on Mainz to beat Stuttgart at 11/8 with bet365
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