Mainz vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 9 March 2019
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Mainz visited Hertha Berlin last weekend having just played their best game in a month, beating Schalke 3-0 at home. Seconds into the second half, it looked like Mainz could make it “two wins in a row”, when Niklas Stark scored against his own team, to give the 05ers a 0-1 lead. Fifteen minutes later, order was… restored, with Hertha leading 2-1 (interestingly, it was Stark who got… redeemed, scoring Hertha’s second goal). Mainz sit 12th in the Bundesliga table, on 30 points, 11 ahead of 16th-placed Stuttgart, but… they have now lost four of their last five games, and their schedule until the end of the season is harder than that of other teams lower than them, meaning that they could, just could, get in trouble. Müller, Brosinski, Bell, Niakhate, Martin, Öztunali, Gbamin, Latza, Boetius, Quaison and Mateta, this is expected to be their starting lineup. Abbas and Adler are out, while Berggreen, Holtmann, Mwene and Maxim were considered doubtful the day before the game.
Four game weeks ago, Gladbach were level on points with Bayern Munich (42 each), looking big favorites to earn a Champions League ticket. Three defeats and one draw down the road, they are fourth, 11 whole whole points behind Bayern, and just just three ahead of fifth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt. Hazard and Plea haven’t scored in seven and six games respectively, and on the other half of the pitch, Gladbach have conceded 12 goals in their last four games, a stunning number for a team that up until recently had one of the best defending records in the league. Good news for them is that Raffael is back, even though he’s not expected to start. Sommer, Johnson, Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt, Zakaria, Kramer, Hofmann, Hazard, Stindl and Plea, this should be their starting lineup. Traore is out, while Beyer, Doucoure and Drmic were considered doubtful the day before the game.
Previous five matches:
Hertha Berlin vs Mainz 2-1
Mainz vs Schalke 3-0
Wolfsburg vs Mainz 3-0
Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen 1-5
Augsburg vs Mainz 3-0
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich 1-5
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Wolfsburg 0-3
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Hertha Berlin 0-3
Schalke vs Borussia Monchengladbach 0-2
Mainz are visiting Bayern next weekend. Gladbach will be hosting Freiburg (both Bundesliga matches).
Mainz vs Borussia Monchengladbach: Head to head Stats
One win each, and three draws, in the last five games between these two in Mainz.
Mainz vs Borussia Monchengladbach: Prediction
Gladbach are considered favorites to win, but I wouldn’t bet on them right now. I prefer focusing on goals.
Mainz vs Borussia Monchengladbach: Betting Tips
“Over 2.5” is a bet I like in this game. It’s at 1.73, not… fantastic, but still, decent. Combined with Gladbach’s double chance it pays a much better 2.63.