On Friday, Stuttgart will host newly promoted SV Darmstadt 98 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, hoping to go to the top of the Bundesliga table. The home team is looking for their third straight league victory, while the away team has yet to win in the Premier League this season.
Stuttgart just avoided relegation last season, but they’ve gotten off to a great start this year in the Bundesliga, winning three of their first four games while scoring 14 goals, good for first in the league.
In-form striker Serhou Guirassy is responsible for eight of those goals, including a spectacular hat trick in a 3-1 away win over Mainz 05 last weekend. He also scored twice against VfL Bochum, once against RB Leipzig, and twice against Freiburg.
The optimism within the Stuttgart camp is understandable, and the thought of Sebastian Hoeness’s players entering the weekend atop the Bundesliga table is sure to inspire them. In fact, if Stuttgart beats Darmstadt on Friday, they will have 12 points and take over first place in the table.
Darmstadt, who were promoted to the Bundesliga from the second division last season, have gotten off to a sluggish start this year, winning only one of their first four matches, while Stuttgart is cruising at the top of the standings.
Last weekend, with goals from Marvin Mehlem, Matej Maglica, and Tim Skarke putting Darmstadt up 3-0 at halftime against Borussia Monchengladbach, it looked like Darmstadt would finally get their first win of the season after dropping their first three games to Eintracht Frankfurt, Union Berlin, and Bayer Leverkusen.
Drama, however, ensued after the break, as Maglica was sent off for a foul inside the area just four minutes in, leaving the Lilies with 10 men, but goalkeeper Marcel Schuhen was able to save the next penalty kick.
Monchengladbach, however, staged a remarkable comeback in the second half, scoring three times in the span of 21 minutes to salvage a point on the road against Torsten Lieberknecht’s squad.
Darmstadt are still in the relegation zone as a result, and even if they were to win on Friday in Stuttgart, it would be unlikely that they would move out of danger: since March, Darmstadt has won only two of their 10 competitive away games, and they have lost each of their last five.
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Stuttgart vs Darmstadt Game Information
- Date: 09/22/2023
- Time: 02:30 PM ET
- Location: MHP Arena (Stuttgart).
- How to Watch Stuttgart vs Darmstadt: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv