Bayern Munich vs VfB Stuttgart: Bundesliga Matchday 15 Preview

Can Bayern Munich regain their Bundesliga form as they welcome VfB Stuttgart to the Allianz Arena on Sunday, or will Stuttgart again take points off a Bundesliga title challenger?

Bayern Munich host high-flying VfB Stuttgart on matchday 15 of the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich host high-flying VfB Stuttgart on matchday 15 of the Bundesliga. / Christian Kaspar-Bartke/GettyImages
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VfB Stuttgart players celebrating against Borussia Dortmund in DFB Pokal Round of 16.
VfB Stuttgart have been in sublime form this season in the Bundesliga. / Ralf Ibing - firo sportphoto/GettyImages

Vfb Stuttgart

Sebastian Hoeness has done a fantastic job to date with Stuttgart. Having taken the job in April 2023, he steered Stuttgart to safety via the relegation playoff and currently has the side sitting third after gameweek 14. Coming off a fantastic result against league leaders Leverkusen that saw Stuttgart grab a point, they will again look to take points from a top team on Sunday.

Bayern Munich will be very familiar with the starting goalkeeper for Stuttgart, as Alexander Nubel is still on the Bayern books. Nubel has had a strong start to his Stuttgart career and will look to show the record champions that he can be the long-term solution in goal once Neuer hangs up his gloves.

In front of Nubel, the back four should start with Josha Vagnoman on the right and Maximilian Mittelstadt in the left-back position. Centrally, club captain Waldermar Anton and former Dortmund player Dan-Axel Zagadou will look to contain Harry Kane.

Atakan Karazor and former Bavarian Angelo Stiller will form the defensive midfield partnership that will certainly have their hands full trying to stop the dangerous Musiala. I tend to believe that Hoeness will run a box midfield, which will include Enzo Millot and Chris Fuhrich. Both will be looking to control the midfield spaces and help spring the quick counter-attacks that troubled Bayern last week in Frankfurt.

Spearheading the attack, Deniz Undav will get the start centrally along with surprise newcomer Serhou Guirassy who has 16 goals already in his young Stuttgart career. The two center forwards will look to create problems for Die Roten's backline they will create isolations with the two center backs.

Vfb Stuttgart Predicted Starting XI

Nubel
Vagnoman-Anton-Zagadou-Mittelstadt
Karazor-Stiller
Millot-Fuhrich
Undav-Guirassy

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Score Prediction

Bayern Munich 2-2 Vfb Stuttgart (Kane and Tel)

Vfb Stuttgart has been the surprise team thus far in the Bundesliga, and a lot of their success has come from their ability to control the midfield area and punish teams with clinical finishing. With Bayern's defensive issues, this does not bode well for the Bavarians. I see Bayern creating opportunities and Kane continuing his quest for the top scorer by adding a goal. Tel has a tremendous goal-per-90 ratio and I think he will show he is more than capable of filling in for Coman. But the points will be shared as Stuttgart will punish Bayern's leaky defense.