Bochum vs Stuttgart Predictions

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Bochum Over 1.5 Team Goals

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Draw 3-3

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Tip Reasoning

  • Stuttgart have conceded more goals on the road than they’ve scored this season.
  • Only one 2. Bundesliga team has scored more goals at home than Bochum this term.
  • Bochum have scored two or more goals on nine occasions at home this season.

Attacking promise, but defensive problems

Bochum’s season has been a tale of two halves in that they’re very useful in one half of the pitch, but not so strong in the other. Even at home, Bochum have thrived in one key area but failed to make the grade in the other, which is why they currently find themselves in a lowly 15th place, just two points above the bottom three.

Monday’s hosts have the 11th best home record in 2. Bundesliga this term, but they’re the second-highest home goal scorers, averaging an impressive 2.18 goals per home game. Unfortunately, they’ve surrendered an average of two goals at the other end of the pitch, meaning that their attacking power has rarely paid off.

Stuttgart haven’t exactly thrived on the road, which means that the hosts should fancy themselves to make headway on Monday evening, though their defensive efforts simply don’t inspire confidence. If they’re to come out on top, it will likely be in high-scoring fashion.

Away-day woes

As good as Stuttgart are at this level, and they are good, they’ve been far from infallible on their travels. In fact, Monday’s promotion chasing visitors, in terms of results, haven’t been good at all away from home this season. They’ve lost more games than they’ve won and have emerged victorious from just two of their ten travelling fixtures. If there’s anything preventing them from getting into the top two and staying there, then it’s their efforts on the road.

Stuttgart have two main problems on the road. 1. They’re not scoring enough and 2. When they do make headway offensively, they’re rarely keeping it together at the back. They’ve scored an average of 1.3 goals per away games, which by 2. Bundesliga standards is modest at best, while they’ve surrendered an average of 1.7. Stuttgart are without an away clean sheet since September. Far from ideal when you’re trying to make a swift return to the top level.

Home goals appeal

The visitors are one 2. Bundesliga’s better teams, but their best work is certainly not carried out on the road. Meanwhile, Bochum are prolific scorers at home. In the betting, ‘Bochum to Score Over 1.5 Goals’ appeals. The hosts are averaging over two goals for per match at Vonovia Ruhrstadion, while they’ve scored two or more in nine out of 11, including against the current league leaders. The visitors haven’t kept many clean sheets, while they’ve also conceded two or more against several teams outside of the top half. Add in that Bochum also rank highly in terms of chances created this season and a bet on home goals begins to make plenty of appeal.

In the ‘Correct Score’ market, an ambitious 3-3 draw appeals. For all home goals are fancied, the hosts haven’t done anywhere near enough at the back to point towards them winning this match. Moreover, they’ve made a habit of being involved in high-scoring games, conceding exactly three goals five times at home this season. They’ve scored exactly three on four occasions and have drawn no less than seven times on their own patch.

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