VfB Stuttgart – Borussia Dortmund
The 4th matchday in the Champions League is history and the Bundesliga will be back in action this weekend. A real top match will be played in Swabia on Saturday at 3:30 pm. Both teams are currently level on points and are only separated in the table by goal difference. Find out who will come out on top in this important clash in our Stuttgart – Dortmund betting tip.
BVB rehabilitated themselves during the week in the Premier League after the disappointing 4-0 defeat to Bayern last weekend. The Borussians won 2-0 against Newcastle, while VfB Stuttgart stumbled in their clash with 1. FC Heidenheim and lost 2-0. However, the Swabians are still in third place in the league, while BVB remain in 4th place.
An exciting match should definitely be on the cards. A total of 360 goals were scored in this Bundesliga clash, and only two other matches in the Bundesliga had more goals. Dortmund against HSV recorded 363 goals, and Bayern against Bremen had 362. With four goals this Saturday, this clash could now move to the top and take 1st place.
Stuttgart – Dortmund Info:
- Date & Time: 11.11.2023, 3:30 pm
- Playing venue: MHP-Arena, Stuttgart
- Competition: Bundesliga, matchday 11
- TV broadcast: Sky
Stuttgart Form & Balance Check
VfB Stuttgart battled against relegation to Bundesliga 2 for a very long time last season and only secured their place in the relegation play-off against HSV. This made the Swabians’ start to the season all the more surprising. VfB picked up an outstanding 21 points from their first eight games and were in second place at the time.
In the last two games, however, Stuttgart have lost their way somewhat. VfB lost the two Baden-Württemberg duels against Hoffenheim and Heidenheim. This leaves the Swabians in third place in the table. However, Stuttgart were not necessarily the worse team in either match
Many soccer experts and Stuttgart fans criticized former coach Labbadia in pre-season for his tactical ideas. Enzo Millot, who played virtually no role under the 57-year-old, was also an absolute victim. Under new coach Sebastian Hoeneß, however, the young Frenchman is an absolute must.
Especially in the current season, the 21-year-old is bursting with enthusiasm and is an absolute trouble spot in VfB’s attack. With two goals and one assist, Millot already has two more scoring points than in the entire previous Bundesliga season. After missing the last game with an injury, the Frenchman will be available again for VfB on Saturday
Stuttgart facts & analysis
- Lost 2-0 to Heidenheim in the previous week
- Third best offense in the league
- In 3rd place in the league
Dortmund Form & Balance Check
Dortmund finished top of the table in the previous second half of the season, despite limited dominance, and only narrowly missed out on the championship. This season, BVB is once again competing at the top of the Bundesliga without outstanding class. Borussia currently holds 4th place in the league.
In the top match against Bayern, however, Borussia’s playing limitations took their revenge. Munich won 4:0 in Dortmund and consistently exploited the Black & Yellows’ mistakes. In the Premier League, however, BVB made amends with their own fans when they beat Premier League side Newcastle 2:0
Füllkrug finds himself
National striker Niclas Füllkrug was back in BVB’s starting line-up against Bayern. However, the striker could do nothing to change the debacle. It was the second time this season that the attacker had lost 4-0 to Bayern, as he had to start against Munich with his former club Bremen.
Apart from the game against the record champions, however, the attacker is finding his way into the BVB team better and better. In the last six Bundesliga games, the 30-year-old has contributed a total of four goals. On Tuesday, the attacker also scored the opening goal against Newcastle to get on the scoresheet in the Champions League for the first time in his career.
Dortmund facts & analysis
- In 4th place in the Bundesliga table
- First two Bundesliga defeats in 2023
- Lost 4-0 to Bayern the previous week
Predicted line-up – last update on November 9, 2023
At VfB, we expect a 4-2-3-1 again against Dortmund. Serhou Guirassy will be available again for the Swabians on Saturday, but it will probably not be enough for the starting eleven. Enzo Millot, on the other hand, is fully fit again.
We are again assuming a 4-3-3 for our opponents from Dortmund. Emre Can will still be missing for the Black & Yellows at the weekend. Niklas Süle recently played at right-back again in the Premier League and did a very solid job. We don’t expect any changes to the starting XI compared to the clash with Newcastle
Stuttgart – Dortmund head-to-head comparison & stats
Dortmund are narrowly ahead in the overall standings. The Borussians have won 48 of the 116 meetings with VfB, while the Swabians have emerged victorious in 43 games. The last meeting ended in a spectacular 3:3 draw
- Both teams are level on points in the league
- The last time Stuttgart beat Dortmund at home in the Bundesliga was in 2017
- Did you know that Dortmund score 25% of their goals between the 46-60 minute mark?