Schalke vs Mainz – Bundesliga : On the match that will open this 9th round of the Bundesliga…
The locals Schalke 04, managed by Domenico Tedesco, will host Mainz, managed by Sando Schwarz, in Gelsenkirchen, at the Veltins Arena.
This is a match between the 6th and 10th places of the Bundesliga, with both teams being only separated by 3 points going into this match.
On the side of the hosts, Pablo Insua and Matija Nastasic are absent due to injury,
while on the visitors’ side, Gaetan Bussman, Niko Bungert, Karim Onisiwo, Alexander Hack and Gerrit Holtmann are unavailable due to injury.
The home team goes into this match as favourite to win, having a relatively positive record on this start of the season,
especially if we consider what have been their recent campaigns and the fact that they are practically on the qualification zone for the Champions League.
The team has been a little inconsistent, getting 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss on their last 3 matches; at home, they have had some positive results (except for their loss against Bayern), getting 7 points in 12 possible.
As for Mainz they are coming off a good period, after an extremely negative start to the season, with the team only being able to get 3 points on the first 5 rounds.
Their change of manager seems to have helped things change substantially and with that their results as well.
This way, the team is coming off 3 matches without a loss, winning 2 of them and getting closer to their objectives on the league table. However, away from home, the team hasn’t won yet, getting only 1 point in 9 possible.
Schalke vs Mainz – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Given Mainz’s poor away form and even some recent inconsistency from Schalke 04, I think this match can end up with less goals than usual,
although it is always a risk betting the under in a competition that usually privileges good offensive football and, of course, goals.
In any way, I believe that both teams will cancel each other out, in a certain way, on the first 45 minutes and we might have goals just on the 2nd half.
|Under 1 goal HT||