VfB Stuttgart vs Union Berlin Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
VfB Stuttgart vs Union Berlin predictions for Monday’s evening kick-off in the Bundesliga 2.
VfB Stuttgart VS Union Berlin Predictions
Full Time: 3 - 1
2 or 3 Goals
Reason For VfB Stuttgart VS Union Berlin Betting Tips
Monday’s Bundesliga 2 match sees league leaders Stuttgart take on 3rd placed Union Berlin – the two best offenses in the German second tier. Just three points separate the two sides, but hosts Stuttgart find themselves in better shape. Stuttgart have lost just one of their twelve league matches in 2017 (W7 D4 L1), with back-to-back wins over their last two Bundesliga 2 outings getting them back on track following a recent slump in form.
Union Berlin are another side that started 2017 strong – with an unbeaten run of eight matches (W7 D1). Last Sunday’s 3-1 win at home to Kaiserslautern was much needed – Berlin were win-less in three (D1 L2) prior to last weekend – and these three points have kept them close behind in the promotion race. Union’s best ever league finish in the Bundesliga 2 was last season’s (6th) and it would take a serious run of bad luck for them not to better that target this time around.
Stuttgart are the favourites here at 4/5 with bet365, but we feel that backing “Number of Goals in Match – 2 or 3” at 1/1 is the best option here for the following reasons: first and foremost, though Stuttgart are the stronger side on paper, their recent inconsistencies – two wins from their last seven – have seen them draw at home to a side as weak as Bochum just a few matches back (a 1-1 draw). However, one notable statistic that cannot be ignored is that regardless of whether Stuttgart win, draw or lose, their home results trend towards more “regular” scorelines – wins of 2-0 or 2-1 represent a massive 50% of their results at the Mercedes Benz Arena this season. Meanwhile, Union Berlin follow suit regarding results – exactly 2 or 3 goals have been scored in 71% of Stuttgart’s home matches and in 50% of Union Berlin’s away matches this season.
Regarding a correct score bet, goals haven’t been of a concern for either side in recent weeks. Stuttgart are averaging two goals per match since returning after the international break, while Union have only failed to score in 24% of their matches on the road. When combining all of the above, we feel that there’s decent value to be had backing a 2-1 Stuttgart win at 15/2 with bet365.