Stuttgart look to saviour Stevens!
It will go down as one of the most predictable managerial sackings of recent years in the Bundesliga: VfB Stuttgart finally got rid of coach Thomas Schneider last Sunday after picking up just one point in their last nine league matches and dropping right down into the relegation mix. A 2:2 draw at home to rock-bottom Eintracht Braunschweig was the final nail in Schneider’s coffin, who was swiftly replaced by Dutchman Huub Stevens.
Stevens, who won the Uefa Cup with Schalke in 1997 and led them to within a whisker of the Bundesliga title in 2001, could prove to be quite a shock for a Stuttgart squad that has quality but no confidence after a series of last-minute setbacks. Nicknamed “Growler” by the German press, Stevens is, in stark contrast to Schneider, an old-school coach who preaches defensive discipline above all else. His authoritarian style of man-management has earned him a feared reputation within German football, but club bosses will no doubt believe that he is the man to turn things around in the coming weeks.
Stevens makes his debut on the bench on Saturday as Stuttgart travel to Bremen. Werder, who have been struggling themselves all season, have at least moved clear of immediate danger after two wins and two draws in their last four games. Coach Robin Dutt has at last managed to shore up one of the league’s dodgiest defences and knows that another victory on Saturday could well be the final step to safety this year.
Fans can look forward to an interesting encounter with all the pressure on the visitors to get a win that could yet prove to be the turning point of their season.
Werder Bremen vs. VfB Stuttgart, Odds
Werder Bremen 2.35
VfB Stuttgart 2.85
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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.