VfB in relegation battle: Stuttgart predicts VfL Wolfsburg – Football

FB Stuttgart is looking for a glimmer of hope in the relegation battle. Now VfL Wolfsburg comes to Neckar with good and bad memories.

May 14, 2016 was the last day of the 2015/16 season. VFP Stuttgart was 17th in the Wolfsburg table and was hoping for a miracle. The Swabians desperately needed a win and also had to hope that Frankfurt would win Bremen in Round 34. In this star group, Bremen would have gone straight and Stuttgart would have had the chance to keep the class during the relegation. Arithmetic matches in terms of goal difference with a different score in Bremen were also possible and gave a glimmer of hope to VfB before the 34th match day. But things went differently.

Schürrle throws VfB Stuttgart to the second division

Bremen beat Frankfurt 1-0. But what’s worse: VfB couldn’t do his homework. Maximilian Arnold (11th minute) and Andre Schurrl (29) gave Lower Saxony a comfortable lead, and Schurrle saved Daniel Didavi (78) again in stoppage time with his second goal of the day. Stuttgart lost 3-1 at Wolfsburg and after 41 years suffered relegation to the second division.

Another major match against Wolfsburg

At the end of April 2022, VfB Stuttgart will again seek to remain in the Bundesliga. Once again, the opponent in a major match: Wolfsburg VFL. This time in round 32. No landing, landing or rescue decision will be made on this day in the game. However: Looking at the rest of the program (away with Bayern, at home against Cologne), it looks like a final for VfB with the goal of staying on the live track in the league.

Ahead of the match against Wolfsburg (3:30pm, live at SWR1 Stadium and in podcast on Sportschau.de), Stuttgart are still hopeful that the relegation battle will end well. Because even in the worst case (Stuttgart lost to Wolfsburg and Armenia Bielefeld wins the parallel match against Hertha Berlin), Swabians can at least reach the relegation position in the remaining two matches.

VfB meets the hard little Wolfsburg

VfL Wolfsburg’s recent position is mainly due to inconsistency. Two crushing defeats away from home (0:3 at Augsburg and 1:6 at Borussia Dortmund) were followed by two big home wins (4:0 against Armenia Bielefeld and 5:0 against Mainz 05). According to the canon of the series, Stuttgart will be the sure winner. Problem: The law of soap operas is a myth.


The duel over international venues between TSG, Freiburg and VfB Stuttgart’s battle for relegation – the studio guest is VfB Stuttgart CEO Alexander Wehrl.

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What gives Stuttgart hope

Wolfsburg has already made a sure landing. There is a lot at stake for VfB Stuttgart. Swabians can no longer create a direct landing on their own. It is now important to at least secure the relegation position, because Armenia Bielefeld (after the match against Hertha still has to play with VfL Bochum and RB Leipzig) is only two points behind.

There are also good memories of the matches against Wolfsburg. In the first half of the season, Stuttgart shone in a duel with Wolverhampton and won 2-0 away from home after the goals of Konstantinos Mavropanos (25) and Philip Forster (63th place). There was a glimmer of hope shortly before Christmas – which later turns out to be deceptive, as the current table constellation shows.

Correct focus question

It is important for VfB to maintain the correct concentration. After all, there is a psychological difference whether you want to win something (the relegation) or not want to lose anything (the Bundesliga). A win against Wolfsburg will be very important in order to maintain the chance to stay in the league and avoid a result like in 2016.

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