Match Preview: Hertha Berlin vs VFB Stuttgart

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Hertha Berlin welcome the last season 2.Bundesliga winners and promoted side VFB Stuttgart at their home as both the teams get their 2017-18 season underway.

Match Details:

Date: 19th August
Venue: Olympiastadion, Berlin
Timings: 7:00PM(IST), 3:30PM(CET), 2:30PM(UK Time)
Telecast: For more TV Related info go to livesoccertv.com

Team News:

Hertha Berlin: Hertha get their season underway in relief that they have no new injury concerns to deal with. So it is a possibility that Hertha Manager Pal Dardai will stick with the same squad which won against Hansa Rostock. Late goals from Mitchell Weiser and Vedad Ibisevic sealed the victory for the club from Berlin in a complete one sided game. Hertha new signing and Brooks’ replacement Karim Rekik and Austrian international and new signing Mathew Leckie who was bought from relegating side Ingolstadt this season who started against Hansa probably might make their league debut as a Hertha player this Saturday. But they will miss out Davie Selke, a former Leipzig player this Saturday. Vedad Ibisevic and former Chelsea man and last season top scorer for the club Salomon Kalou may start.

Predicted Line up: Jarstein, Weiser, Langkamp, Rekik, Plattenhardt, Skjelbred, Darida, Leckie, Kalou, Esswein, Ibisevic

VFB Stuttgart: VFB Stuttgart on the other hand make their return to the Bundesliga after being relegated 2 years ago and they return strong as they are the winners of 2.Bundesliga last season. Hannes Wolf’s side didn’t have a good beginning to the new season as they found themselves behind within the first 30 mins against Energie Cottbus in the first round of the DFB Pokal 2017-18. The match went on to penalties as Stuttgart come up from a 2 goal deficit, courtesy of a goal by Josip Brekalo and an unfortunate own goal by Matuwila. They win at last with a remarkable game of football. They travel to the German Capital this Saturday but will be without their striker Daniel Ginczek along with Emiliano Insua and Carlos Mane. Timo Baumgartl might start after missing the first round of the DFB Pokal after having a minor knock. Stuttgart Top scorer last season Simon Terodde will be looking to get into the score sheet and Takuma Asano and Josip Brekalo are among the others to start. Ailton to start at left back and new signing Dennis Aogo is doubtful after having a groin problem.

Predicted 11: Zieler, Pavard, Baumgartl, Kaminski, Aogo, Gentner, Burnin, Asano, Akolo, Brekalo, Terodde

Opta Stats:

The home team won both meetings the last time these two sides faced each other (2-1 in Berlin, 2-0 in Stuttgart).
The capital club have a positive record against VfB (W24, L22) despite having an inferior goal difference (-9).
The promoted side have only won one of their last five matches against Hertha.
Berlin have failed to score in 20 matches against Stuttgart – more than against any other side.
Only four teams won more points at home than Berlin last season. Stuttgart were the best team on the road in Bundesliga 2 last term.
Hertha captain Vedad Ibisevic faces his former club, but has failed to score in his last nine Bundesliga matches against them.

Last 5 Matches:

Hertha: WWLWW
Stuttgart: WWDLW

Last 5 Head to Head:

Hertha: 3
Draw: 1
Stuttgart: 1