Rostock vs Stuttgart for the German DFB Pokal cup match on Monday at Ostsee Stadium.
The calendar of the 3rd Division of the German Championship in its 2019/2020 version is the most ahead of the national tournaments. On Saturday, August 3rd, Rostock, as a visitor, was beaten by Unterhaching, 1-0, in a clash for matchday four. It was their second defeat. The first, in the second round, also out of their domain, took place before Hallescher.
Rostock could only score at home. In the opening of the 3rd Liga was tied, by 3 to 3, with Viktoria Koln. In the third round, they beat Bayern Munich’s B team with the score 2 – 1. The four points won put them in the thirteenth position in the two-best Bundesliga 2 race to dispute the recap with the second-to-last of the Second Division.
In the 2018/2019 season, Rostock ranked sixth in the standings with 55 points. They were 21 less than champion Osnabruk and 15 below Wehen, third.
Stuttgart fought until the last second to avoid relegation to the German Division II in the 2018/2019 season. After completing their participation in the Bundesliga’s sixteenth to the penultimate position with 28 points, they contested the repechage with Union Berlin and succumbed after two draws. At home, it was 2-2, and it did not get more than 0 to 0 as a visitor. Lost in the tiebreaker by the goal away scored outside their domains.
The start of the Bundesliga 2 match has been able to cheer on their fans indicating that their spell at Segundona may be brief. In their debut at home, they beat Hannover 2-1. On Sunday, August 4th, for the second round, away from home, they put another point in the 2-2 draw with Heidenheim. It is in the seventh position, two points behind leaders Karlsruher and Aue.
Stuttgart have clearly signalled the potential to find their way back to the elite division of German football. In the face of modest Rostock, the prediction in their victory is the best guess for Monday’s clash over the opening day of the 2019/2020 German Cup.