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Stuttgart vs. Barcelona Betting Odds and Stats

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 21:48

Soccer Betting OddsVfB Stuttgart coach, Christian Gross, hopes not to repeat the same score with which he paid off his latest clash with FC Barcelona when the Spanish team trip to Germany to play the first leg of the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League Odds.

Gross saw the Stuttgart drew its ticket to the knockout stage round with a 3-1 victory against FC Unirea Urziceni in his first game in December, but to move his team against Barcelona will offer its best version. It is a challenge facing the Swiss technical with not so good after leaving hopes defeated by 0-5 to the Spanish team just guided FC Basel 1893 last soccer betting season.

The entire Stuttgart go into the match full of motivation, including midfielder Aleksandr Hleb, on loan from Barcelona, but faces the tie with the victim role. The winner of Group F, Barcelona, has nine games unbeaten at home in the Champions League betting . It has also avoided defeat in their last six visits to Germany Stuttgart therefore shall break the forecasts into the quarter-finals of European club competition, something not achieved since 1998.

FC Barcelona is 1.5 goal favorite at Bodog Sportsbook.

Previous clashes
Barcelona won both home and away when faced with the German team in the group stage of UEFA Champions League 2007/08.

The Spanish won 2-0 in their first meeting in Germany, played on 2 October 2007. Carles Puyol, in 53 ', and Lionel Messi, 63', were the scorers.

The lineups were:
Stuttgart: Schafer, Osorio (Marica 63), Tasci, Meira, Boka, Pardo, Hilbert, Farnerud (Magnin 76), Khedira (Meissner 76), Gomez, Cacau.
Barcelona: Valdes, Oleguer, Thuram, Márquez (Puyol 7; Sylvinho 64), Abidal, Iniesta, Xavi, Deco, Messi, Henry, Ronaldinho (Bojan 27 ').

Stuttgart took the lead in the second leg, played on December 12, Antonio Da Silva ahead of the German team in the third minute of play but Barcelona fought back and ended up winning by 1-3 thanks to goals from Giovani Dos Santos (36 '), Samuel Eto'o (57'), Ronaldinho (67 '). The Barcelona group finished first, the Stuttgart final.

Retrospective of the Game
Stuttgart hopes to get some better markers to those obtained with the rival Barcelona in La Liga, Sevilla FC, with whom he faced in the group stage. Lost to the Andalucians lost 1-3 at home on October 20 before tying one in Spain on 4 November with a goal of Zdravko Kuzmanović in 79 '.

Stuttgart also traveled to Sevilla in the group stage of the UEFA Cup in the 2008/09 season and lost 2-0.

It has only won one of his eleven previous heads to Spanish teams, a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup in 1988/89. It was the first time I played against a team in the league and managed to advance to the next round on penalties after losing in the back the same result.

Barcelona accumulates in their last six trips to Germany four wins and two draws. His most recent visit was in the second leg of the quarterfinals of last year's tournament against FC Bayern Munich which ended with one tie, leaving the tie with a 5-1 overall result in favor of Barcelona.

Barcelona beat Fortuna Dusseldorf Germany to win the final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1979.

Of the games he has played at home since falling to Manchester United FC in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League 2007/08, FC Barcelona has won four and drawn five.

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