Stuttgart vs FC Koln German Bundesliga Date: 14 May 2022, Saturday Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET Venue: Mercedes-Benz-Arena.
Stuttgart managed to keep their hopes of catching the safe zone ahead of the final day fixture alive by claiming a huge point away at ten-time consecutive champions Bayern Munich seven days ago at Allianz Arena.
Pellegrino Matarazzo’s troops provided a very brave performance in the Bavarian capital and were rewarded with a massive point on the occasion.
That point, paired with Hertha Berlin’s home loss to Mainz, left Stuttgart three points behind Hertha in the safe zone.
Since the Berlin squad are about to face the likes of Borussia Dortmund away at Signal-Iduna-Park on the final day, and since Stuttgart own a better goal difference at the moment, a win here against FC Koln could help Matarazzo’s men avoid the relegation playoffs.
On a positive note, a miracle needs to happen for Stuttgart to be dropped into bottom-two because they are three points ahead of Arminia Bielefeld who also have a worse goal difference by seven goals at the moment.
However, beating FC Koln will by no means represent an easy task for Die Schwaben here, since the visitors have won four subsequent Bundesliga outings prior to the 0-1 home loss to Wolfsburg seven days ago.
The defeat to The Wolves has significantly halted FC Koln’s push for the UEFA Europa League football as they are now two points behind Union Berlin in sixth position.
Since Union have the home match against Bochum on the final day, it is hard to believe that FC Koln can reach the top-six at the end of the season.
Stuttgart vs FC Koln Head-to-head
None of the previous four head to head meetings between the two teams saw three or more goals scored.
These two teams have met each other twice this season already and FC Koln picked up two clean-sheet wins in the process.
However, it is worth noting that these two teams have two wins apiece in their previous five head to head encounters.
Stuttgart vs FC Koln Prediction
Stuttgart have a realistic chance to avoid the relegation playoffs with a win here and Borussia Dortmund’s success at home against Hertha Berlin at Signal-Iduna-Park.
We always like to back the highly-motivated teams on the final day of the season and backing Stuttgart to win at the 2.15 odds has to be the way to go here.