Last chance for Stuttgart’s Schneider?
Just seven years after last picking up the German Bundesliga title, VfB Stuttgart is going through its deepest crisis in recent memory with relegation a distinct possibility. The Swabians have just spent one season outside of the top flight since the inception of the Bundesliga in 1963, but an unprecedented run of eight straight defeats have left the club 15th in the 18-team table, staying just above the drop zone on goal difference.
Last Sunday saw VfB suffer yet another heart-breaking last-minute defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt and many experts were expecting coach Thomas Schneider to fall foul of soccer’s general law that it’s always the man on the bench who has to go. A board meeting on Tuesday, however, failed to wield the knife for the time being at least and Schneider has been left in charge for what promises to be a real test of character for his team on Saturday, when bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig visit the Mercedes Benz Arena.
Braunschweig, who are back in the Bundesliga after an absence of 28 years, have picked up four points in their last three games and have not yet given up hope of staying up. In stark contrast to Schneider at Stuttgart, coach Torsten Lieberknecht put pen to paper on a new contract this week and confidence is growing throughout the Lions’ squad that a miracle might still be possible at the of the season.
It is a game that Stuttgart just cannot afford to lose and they have the squad to win, but with many players looking like they are not ready for a relegation scrap, anything is possible on the day!
VfB Stuttgart vs. Eintracht Braunschweig, Odds
VfB Stuttgart 1.62
Eintracht Braunschweig 5.0
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CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football. Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.