Two sides located just above the bottom three places in the Bundesliga standings lock horns on the final matchday in the German top flight. Stuttgart will need to claim victory to maintain their top-flight status, while Hoffenheim appear to be nearly safe.
The pressure will be on the hosts this weekend, as Stuttgart will desperately require something from this visit of Hoffenheim to maintain their top-flight status. They currently sit outside the bottom three places, but only courtesy of their superior goal difference. A defeat could see them drop into the automatic relegation places this weekend, while a draw may also see them drop into either the automatic drop zone, or the relegation playoff spot.
Stuttgart comes into this match in solid recent form, as they have lost just once over their previous five matches. However, they have won just once over their previous three outings. But, that win did come in their most recent match, as they landed maximum points following an excellent 4-1 win on the road against Mainz.
Hoffenheim already appear to be safe from relegation this term, but mathematically they could yet drop into the bottom three. However, that appears to be an outside chance, as they sit three points better off than the sides in the relegation scrap, and they boast a superior goal difference to all the sides located below them.
Hoffenheim pretty much guaranteed their top-flight status last weekend, as they picked up a much-needed victory. Their win over Union Berlin was their second in three matches, with two of their efforts being netted in second-half injury time. Andrej Kramaric netted two important goals in that success in front of their home fans.
Stuttgart vs Hoffenheim Head to Head
Home victories have been a regular outcome when these sides have clashed, as there hasn’t been an away win since 2014. Over that period, Stuttgart have picked up four home wins, and there has been one draw in this fixture.
Stuttgart vs Hoffenheim Prediction
The trend of home wins could be a factor to lean into this weekend, especially considering Stuttgart need a victory to maintain their top-flight status. Therefore, the preference would be for the hosts to register a crucial win in their battle to avoid the drop.
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