Schalke 04 v VFB Stuttgart Preview

November 28, 2013 | By

£5 Free Bets Each and Every Week for New Customers Registering an AccountGerman Bundesliga action Saturday Evening comes from the Veltins Arena featuring Schalke 04 versus VFB Stuttgart.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 17:30pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Schalke 04 v VFB Stuttgart Preview, Bundesliga, Saturday 30th November 2013

Schalke 04 head into this game saturday afternoon looking for another positive result that keeps them amongst the European qualification places for next season. Jens Keller’s side currently occupy 6th position in the league table at the moment and know that another 3pts from this game will be enough to secure that place and with some decent results of late that has seen them pick up 10pts from a maximum 15pts in their last 5 matches, the players and fans will be confident of getting the right result.

VFB Stuttgart head into this game having started the new season with 3 successive defeats on the bounce, but Thomas Schneider’s side did manage to turn that form around in the following weeks and went on an impressive 7 game unbeaten run, but with injuries to key players in recent weeks their form has once again taken a turn for the worse as they have only managed to pick up 5pts from a possible 15pts in their last 5 matches played and this game on saturday evening will be another huge test for the players.

Schalke 04 v VFB Stuttgart Preview Team News

Schalke 04 Team News:

Marco Hoger, Anthony Annan, Christian Clemens and Jan-Klass Huntelaar will all miss out on this game as they continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems. 4-2-3-1 is the likely formation for the hosts which will see Adam Szalai leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Kevin Prince Boateng, Draxler and Meyer.

Midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 8 goals in all competitions.

VFB Stuttgart Team News:

Kevin Muller, Arthur Boka, Daniel Didavi and Cacau all remain unavailable for this game as each player continues to receive treatment for respective injury problems. 4-2-3-1 looks the likely formation for the visitors which will see Vedad Ibisevic leading the attack up front with support from midfield being provided by Leitner, Maxim and Werner.

Striker Vedad Ibisevic is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 13 goals in all competitions.

Schalke 04 v VFB Stuttgart Preview Head to Head Statistics

Saturday evening’s game from the Veltins Arena will become the 89th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Schalke 04 have won 32 times, VFB Stuttgart have won 42 times and there has been 14 draws.

The head to head statistics table below shows the last 5 matches played between the two sides seeing VFB Stuttgart having had a commanding advantage having won 4 times with Schalke 04 having won just 1.

11/05/13 BUN Schalke 04 – VFB Stuttgart
1 : 2
08/12/12 BUN VFB Stuttgart – Schalke 04 3 : 1
21/01/12 BUN Schalke 04 – VFB Stuttgart 3 : 1
06/08/11 BUN VFB Stuttgart – Schalke 04 3 : 0
05/03/11 BUN VFB Stuttgart – Schalke 04 1 : 0

Average Goals Per Game?

247 goals have been scored during the previous 88 matches which gives us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.80 which indicates that we should see at least a couple of goals scored during this game on friday evening.

Schalke 04 v VFB Stuttgart Preview Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Schalke 04: W L W D D

VFB Stuttgart: D D L W L

Schalke 04 have a slight advantage on the recent form stats having managed to win 2 of their previous 5 matches played. VFB Stuttgart have struggled during their last 5 games played having only secured 1 victory and losing 2.

Schalke 04 v VFB Stuttgart Preview Match Betting Odds Market.

Schalke 04 have the all important home advantage here where they have only been beaten twice so far this season and the online bookmakers all seem to agree that Jens Keller’s side will be the ones adding the 3pts to their league total come saturday night and have them priced up as the clear favourites at a best price of 3/4 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw has only happened once in the previous five meetings between the two clubs and with both sides desperate for maximum points it does seem an unlikely event and at a current best price of 13/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) I can’t really see many punters being tempted to get on especially with the goal stats suggesting this game to see at least a few goals scored.

VFB Stuttgart are desperate for points at the moment in order to make their way back up the Bundesliga table, but their recent form has not been the best and does not really suggest that they will be the side celebrating come the full time whistle. However they do seem to be a bit of a bogey team for Schalke 04 and with an impressive head to head record against their hosts, the vistitors will obviously fancy their chances in this game and at a current best price of 4/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) they do look the value play here.

Schalke 04 v VFB Stuttgart Preview Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Schalke 04 have certainly been in better form of late then their opponents, but it is a worrying factor to see the head to head statistics showing VFB Stuttgart domination when these two sides have met each other over the years and the away side could well be worth a saver bet here at very big odds.

The case for VFB Stuttgart to win this game is made even stronger with them having won more games this season away from home and with the manager and players desperate for points to climb back up into the European qualification places I can certainly see the visitors giving it everything come saturday evening and Schalke 04 will have to be at their very best for me to win this one.

The goal stats suggest the game to see at least a couple of goals and with both sides having players in decent form in front of goal this season the Anytime GoalScorer, Total Match Goals 2 or 3 and Both Teams to Score YES all look like providing some additional value here in a game that really could go either way on the night.

The Verdict

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