Bundesliga pacesetters Bayern Munich travel to struggling Stuttgart on Saturday, as Jupp Heynckes’ side look to maintain their lead over the chasing pack. Bayern have won their last 15 games in a row against their hosts at the weekend, so this one’s surely going to be another formality.
Where and when: Mercedes-Benz Arena – 16 December, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Stuttgart vs. Bayern Munich: BT Sport, bet365 live streaming
Last time: Bayern beat Stuttgart 3-1 the last time the teams met in April of last year, completing a relatively comfortable double after thrashing Die Schwaben 4-0 at the Allianz Arena earlier in the campaign.
Stuttgart v Bayern Munich Predictions and Preview
Stuttgart go into this game looking to stop the rot after losing their last three, but they couldn’t ask for a more difficult opponent than table-topping Bayern Munich. With such a fantastic record against Hannes Wolf’s side, it’s hard to see anything other than three points for Bayern in their final fixture before the winter break.
Heynckes has galvanised Bayern since answering the club’s SOS call in early October, winning 12 of his 13 games in charge across all competitions. The Bavarian outfit have only won their last two games 1-0, but the momentum continues and they’re looking to end the year on a high.
Bayern captain Manuel Neuer is set to miss out once again, with the goalkeeper hoping to return from the surgery on his broken foot as early in the New Year as possible. Arjen Robben needs the winter break to regain full fitness, although Spanish full-back Juan Bernat should be available for this one after a hip problem.
Despite missing a couple of key players, Bayern still start the game as heavy favourites in the betting. The German champions are priced at 9/1 to win their 16th consecutive game against Stuttgart, who are available at 9/1. If you think the game will end in a draw, it’s 23/5.
If they can end their dreadful run against Bayern, a point would feel almost as good as a win for the hosts. Only Hamburg and bottom side Cologne have scored fewer goals than Stuttgart, so boss Wolf will hope that Daniel Ginczek is able to return from injury and boost his attacking options, if only from the bench.
One to watch for Stuttgart: Santiago Ascacibar has made an excellent start to life in Germany, and Stuttgart will need a strong performance from the midfielder. The Argentinian’s 18/1 to score anytime.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski is the Bundesliga’s top scorer, and has 10 more in the league than Bayern’s second highest scorer Arturo Vidal. Lewandowski is 23/10 to open the scoring.
Long shot: Bayern have struggled for goals in their last couple of games, while newly-promoted Stuttgart have had difficulty finding the back of the net all season. The hosts will look to get plenty of bodies behind the ball and contain Heynckes’ side, and the goalless draw’s priced at 17/1.