VfB Stuttgart - Borussia Dortmund – Judging by names and traditions of the clubs it is one of two derbies of this round that has greater importance for the host, which hasn’t been yet completely safe in terms of survival in the Bundesliga, but also hasn’t gave up the European ambitions, while Borussia is in the second place and cannot be better, but could possibly slip down to the third position. Stuttgart broke the negative series in the last round with an away victory, while Borussia also won after the derby defeat from Schalke in the round before. In the first part of the season they played 0-0 in Dortmund and it was the only championship match this season in which Borussia did not score the goal. Interestingly, the last four mutual matches of these rivals have ended with a draw. Begins: 30.03.2013 – 15:30 CET
Unpredictability and lots of oscillations in game are what marks Stuttgart this season. They played in three competitions but were eliminated from the Europa League, so what remains are the championship and Cup where they reached the semi-finals. The championship break had come at a good time, because in the last round have broken a series of four consecutive losses, wining Eintracht in Frankfurt with 2-1. It was the sixth away victory of the season and by that characteristic share the third place in the league, but are the third weakest host of the league with only 12 points won. Team status after the national team gathering is not the best. The important midfielder Kvist was injured and will not play in this match, as well as Molinaro because of suspension due to yellow cards. Defender Tasci was sick during the week and his appearance is questionable and Rudiger is the alternative. Comparing the team with situation from match with Frankfurt they will be stronger for midfielder Harnik, while Maxim could be a substitute for Kvist, but with this the formation would change a little bit.
Probable lineups VfB Stuttgart: Ulreich – G.Sakai, Tasci(Rudiger), Niedermeier, Boka – Gentner – Harnik, Maxim, Traore, Okazaki – Ibisevic
The season unfolded for Borussia that they actually have the right motivation and ambition only in the Champions League. They will not will a domestic trophy in this season, because they have been eliminated from the Cup, and Bayern escapes for massive 20 points, so the goal is to stay at least in the second position in the championship. But first of all they want to achieve the best possible result in the Champions League. Therefore, this game is in the shadow of the one that will be played on the next Wednesday in Malaga and coach Klopp will certainly try to arrange the team in order to take its best form on that day. It does not mean that he will experiment a lot in this game. Gathering of national teams has cost Borussia one important player, the Polish midfielder Blaszczykowski who has been injured and will not play in Stuttgart, while problems also has the second Pole Piszczek but he is supposed to play. In the meantime defensive midfielders S. Bender and Kehl have recovered but will remain on the bench, given that Sahin at that position was brilliant against Freiburg in the last round with two goals and one assists. Groskreutz will replace Blaszczykowski and Felipe Santana will play instead of stopper Humels.
Probable lineups Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Subotic, Felipe Santana, Schmelzer – Gundogan, Sahin – Groskreutz, M.Gotze, Reus – Lewandowski
VfB Stuttgart – Borussia Dortmund Pick
Stuttgart is traditionally good against Borussia, but they have big problems this season at home, while the guests still think more about the Champions League, so it is possible that they once again play a draw. Also, the match should not be like that in the first part of the season and this time in Stuttgart we expect a lot of goals.
Tip: Over 2.5 goals
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Result prediction: 1-3