Only two Bundesliga sides have scored more goals than this pair so far, and Al Hain-Cole expects the goalmouth action to start before the break on Friday nightHertha Berlin will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent home record when they welcome Stuttgart to the Olympiastadion on Friday evening.
The newly-promoted side have made an impressive start to life back in the Bundesliga and are favourites at 6/5 (2.20) with Betway to move above Bayern Munich and into second place with victory in this match.
Thomas Schneider ended a run of three successive league defeats with a 6-2 victory at home to Hoffenheim in his first league game in charge after replacing the sacked Bruno Labbadia, and you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on the new boss collecting maximum points in the capital.
This pair have only drawn one of their last nine encounters, but there are odds of 9/4 (3.25) available on the team sharing the spoils in this clash.
Schneider’s hasty promotion from youth team coach to the top job was indicative of the panic caused by Die Schwaben’s worrying start to the season, after they lost all three opening league fixtures and came unstuck in a Europa League qualifier in Rijeka.
Although Labbadia’s replacement seems to have given his players a renewed sense of confidence, he has so far been unable to fix the defensive frailty that saw the club finish with a goal difference of -18 last season, and they have now conceded an average of two goals a game over the past six fixtures.
This backline is sure to come under pressure against last season’s Bundesliga 2 top scorers, who have already bagged seven goals just two top flight home games so far, meaning there should be no shortage of entertainment in Berlin.
The goalmouth action is likely to start early, with 12 of the 24 goals scored in Stuttgart’s last six matches having gone in before half-time, and odds of 6/4 (2.50) are not to be ignored on at least two being scored before the break here.
That bet would have paid out in each of the visitors’ last three games, and five of the two sides’ eight Bundesliga matches so far.
|Over 1.5 first-half goals for a 1pt stake at 6/4 (2.50) with Betway
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