Our football match prediction:
By beating Holstein Kiel in extra titme Mainz set up a meeting with Stuttgart in the German Cup last 16. Die Nullfunfer have been struggling in the Bundesliga in the first half of the season and, no doubt, a win over die Schwaben will help them regain a much-needed confidence. Mainz suffered a 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in their last home game in the national championship, but they are definitely capable of matching Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal. Hannes Wolf’s men have been totally out of form in the German top flight ahead of the trip to Mainz and they obviously struggle in front of goal. Considering that die Nullfunfer are tough to beat at home, we predict they will advance to the quarter-finals of the German Cup. Stuttgart defeated Mainz when the two teams met in the national championship earlier this season and, no doubt, the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Giulio Donati):
Giulio Donati was born in Pietrasanta, the Province of Lucca and he started his career at his home-town club Lucchese. In 2008 Inter scouts spotted him and he joined the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza outfit in July. He played for the Inter U20 team, but he did not make his Inter debut in Serie A. After ending his loan spells with the likes of Lecce, Padova and Grosetto the Italian defender joined Bayer Leverkusen on 21 June, 2013, for a fee of €3 million. He made 23 league appearances for Bayer in the 2013/2014 Bundesliga campaign, but he played just 8 league matches for the club in the 2014/2015 season. Speaking of his international career, Donati played three games for Italy U20 and he has 26 caps for the U21 team. On 25 January, 2016 he signed a contract with Mainz, which expires in 2019. Donati is a right back, but he is capable of playing as a left back and a right midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (VfB Stuttgart):
VfB Stuttgart is a German football club from the regio Bad Canstatt. WIth over 44 000 members VfB Stuttgart can be considered as one of the top 10 biggest football clubs in the nation. The German football club was founded in 1912 and is playing in the Bundesliga since the very first day. VfB Stuttgart is currently playing it’s home games in the Mercedes-Benz Arena which was build in1933 and holds a capacity of 65 000 seats. The stadium is considered as one of the most impressive and modern stadiums in Germany. The club colors of VfB Stuttgart are White and Red. The VfB Stuttgart fans gave the club the nickname Die Schwaben.VfB Stuttgart is a succesful club in the Bundesliga winning the league title 5 times, the DFB Pokal 3 times and the Supercup once. The club from Bad Canstatt haven’t had any big successes in Europe yet. The club end as runner up in the Europacup II and the UEFA Cup. Important players in the history of Stuttgart are: Tomasson, Bierofka, Dunga, Elber, Gomez, Lahm, Kuranyi and Yakin.