Stuttgart’s Leading Scorer Out
Serhou Guirassy got on the scoresheet again as Stuttgart comprehensively defeated Union Berlin 3-0 last weekend. However, the record-setting striker will miss Stuttgart’s next match vs. Hoffenheim with a hamstring injury. It’ll be interesting to see how the Bundesliga’s second-placed team will cope without Guirassy, who has scored 14 goals in eight games. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim will look to avoid a third defeat in the last four matches. With the possibility of going on top of the table for the Billy Goats, we’ll check out the Stuttgart vs Hoffenheim odds.
Both Stuttgart and Hoffenheim finished low in the Bundesliga table last season, and they drew both of their 2022-23 meetings. Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric scored twice in the 2-2 home draw. Meanwhile, the match in Stuttgart finished all square at one. Stuttgart has lost just one of the last seven head-to-head matchups, with a 2-4-1 record during that time.
Stuttgart Extend Winning Streak
Serhou Guirassy may have come off injured in the first half of Stuttgart’s 3-0 win at Union Berlin, but he made his presence felt. The record-breaking Guinea international found the back of the net with a header to put Stuttgart 1-0 up. Deniz Undav replaced Guirassy up front and got on the scoresheet, along with Silas. Both are options to replace Guirassy, who’s first in the Bundesliga stats with 14 goals, in the starting lineup vs. Hoffenheim.
Even without Guirassy in the second half, Stuttgart looked up to the task. They’ve been the biggest surprise in the Bundesliga this season and are just a point behind leaders Hoffenheim. The Billy Goats have won six games in a row and have outscored their opponents 19-3 in the process. Chris Fuhrich has also provided five assists for Stuttgart this season and leads the league.
Saturday’s Stuttgart vs Hoffenheim odds price the hosts -120 favorites, even without Guirassy. Defender Dan-Axel Zagadou is also nursing a knock but could start on Saturday. Since taking over as Stuttgart manager in April, Sebastian Hoeness has completely transformed the club. The Billy Goats are 14-4-3 during his tenure so far.
Hoffenheim Perfect on the Road
Hoffenheim’s Maximilian Beier opened up the scoring vs. Eintracht Frankfurt just three minutes into last Saturday’s match. Frankfurt’s Omar Marmoush equalized under 10 minutes later, and they scored two more goals before the halftime whistle. Eintracht cruised to their first road win of the Bundesliga season, and Hoffenheim dropped to 1-3 at home.
Still, Hoffenheim is in sixth place in the Bundesliga standings, with a 5-3 record. They’re 4-0 on the road and will look to remain perfect on Saturday. Beier leads the team, with six goals in eight appearances. Meanwhile, Andrej Kramaric has got on the scoresheet four times but has missed a couple of matches due to injury. Kramaric figures to miss out on this one as well.
Defender Ozan Kabak is also out with a shoulder injury for this one. Notably, Hoffenheim have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three matches. They’ve kept just one clean sheet this season, and seven of their eight games have finished with three or more goals.
Hoffenheim vs Stuttgart Analysis & Odds
Heading into Saturday’s match, the Stuttgart vs Hoffenheim odds price the Billy Goats as -120 ATS and moneyline favorites. It’ll be interesting to see how Stuttgart performs without Serhou Guirassy for the first time this season. He’s averaged a ridiculous 1.97 goals per 90 minutes and it figures to be nearly impossible to replace that production. However, Deniz Undav has been putting up similar numbers in limited minutes.
Undav has scored 1.96 goals per 90 minutes but has played just 138 minutes so far this season. Both Undav and Silas have scored three goals so far this season. Bettors should note that Hoffenheim have scored in all eight of their matches this season. They’re +285 underdogs, and Hoffenheim +0.5 comes in at even odds.
Both meetings last season finished in draws, and another one is priced at +310 odds. In their last five matches, Stuttgart have scored 14 goals, but under 3, 3.5 goals sit at -120 odds here.