Bayern Munich v Stuttgart: Champions League finalists push to finish league with a flourish
Bayern Munich v Stuttgart, Saturday 14:30
This weekend, Stuttgart have the unenviable honour of going up against an elated Bayern Munich side just three days after the Bavarians edged past Real Madrid and booked their spot in this season’s Champions League final as Ladbrokes offer free bets and a live stream service.
Jupp Heynckes’ men scored a vital away goal at the Santiago Bernabeu and after 120 minutes, managed a decisive penalty shootout victory over Los Merengues to progress to the final.
Bayern have already lost the league to Borussia Dortmund for the second year in a row and with second place in the bag, could understandably look to preserve their squad in the coming league encounters.
David Alaba, Luis Gustavo and Holger Badstuber are three of the seven players who won’t be featuring in the final of the European tournament after picking up yellow cards in the semi, ruling them out through suspension.
The trio would therefore be expected to feature against Stuttgart but the remainder of team selection will be a topic of great interest for Heynckes, who now has nothing left to lose or gain in league matters.
Bayern are unbeaten in their last nine outings at the Allianz Arena, where the Champions League final will be held, and are the toughest side to travel to in the German top flight, regardless of their inferior position to Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund side.
Stuttgart have looked a revived team in the last month and are unbeaten in their last ten meetings, winning seven and drawing the other three.
To add to their chances, Bruno Labbadia’s side are currently the second best Bundesliga team when attacking away from home, recording an impressive 1.69 goals per game when on unfamiliar soil.
Although their defence isn’t quite as magnificent, it has been scoring at the Allianz that has proven most difficult for visitors this season.
With Bayern’s squad likely to be a weakened one with other matches in mind, Stuttgart will hope to keep their dreams of Champions League qualification alive on Saturday but only providing that Borussia Monchengladbach don’t succeed in their final games.