Mainz 05 vs Schalke 04 Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Round 26 in the German Bundesliga kick-offs on Friday night, 9 March 2018, when relegation contenders Mainz 05 will try to put an end of Schalke 04’s winning streak. “The Royal Blues” travel to Mainz having three consecutive victories and four in the last 5 matches in all competitions, while hosts are unbeaten in 3 Bundesliga rounds.
Mainz 05 will take on Schalke inspired by some positive results in the last few weeks, beginning with a 2-0 away win to Hertha Berlin, followed by two draws against other two relegation pretenders – 1-1 vs Wolfsburg (home), 0-0 vs HSV (away). The goalless draw in Hamburg can be considered a massive result for Sandro Schwarz’s squad who were left down to 10 men in the 61st minute, when Nigerian defender Leon Balogun was sent-off and referee awarded a penalty in HSV’s favour. Thankfully to everyone in Mainz, third choice goalkeeper Florian Muller saved Filip Kostic’s shot and the 20-years-old became man of the match as Mainz successfully held on the draw in the remaining 30 minutes. Thus the gap between Mainz (16th) and HSV (17th) remained seven points.
Consequently, Leon Balogun will miss the clash with Schalke 04 due to suspension, so Jean-Philippe Gbamin can start within the centre-back trio and Nigel de Jong looks favourite to take his defensive midfield position. Alexander Hack can be another centre-back option if Sandro Schwarz decides to maintain the same midfield formation with Gbamin, Danny Latza and Suat Serdar. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Robin Zentner is still injured, while his colleague Rene Adler and Danish forward Emil Berggreen are both doubtful, so Florian Muller may have another chance to start between the sticks.
“The Royal Blues” are apparently in-form and have climbed up to the second position after Borussia Dortmund’s draw in Leipzig last weekend, so Domenico Tedesco’s men will be keen to keep up the prestigious ranking. Considering Bayern’s domestic superiority, second position is not only securing Champions League football and better seeding for the group stage draw, but it shows which club does better in a balanced competition between all other sides failing to reach the Bavarians level.
Inspired by three wins in a row (2-1 vs Hoffenheim, 0-2 vs Bayer Leverkusen, 1-0 vs Hertha BSC) and two clean sheets in the last two rounds, Domenico Tedesco will most likely stick within the 3-4-1-2 formation. The Austrian forward Guido Burgstaller is set to return after missing the last round win over Hertha with a suspension and he will probably lead Schalke’s attack next to Breel Embolo up front, supported by Franco Di Santo from the second position. Marko Pjaca, who scored the winning goal in Saturday, can also claim first-team football so the German-Italian coach of Schalke 04 has a few attacking options to choose from.
Left-back Abdul Rahman Baba still recovers from injury, while Thilo Kehrer and Leon Goretzka, who have both missed the last game, are doubtful. Nevertheless, Benjamin Stambouli and Nabil Bentaleb are once again set to replace Kehrer and Goretzka, respectively.
Find out the possible starting lineups of Mainz 05 and Schalke 04, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the selected market.
Bundesliga: Mainz 05 vs Schalke 04 – Prediction and Betting Tips
Apart from the three successive Bundesliga wins at the moment, Schalke 04 also boasts three consecutive wins when facing Mainz 05 and all of them have been marked by a clean sheet. This time, however, we believe that Mainz can use the opportunity to put an end of Schalke 04’s flawless run against them and we’d rather placing a bet on the goal scoring markets. We expect a more balanced encounter between these two sides this time, so we fancy the currently suggested odds on “Both teams to score – Yes“. Our betting experts believe both teams are capable of scoring in the regular Friday night Bundesliga fixture.
Possible Starting Lineups of Mainz 05 and Schalke 04
Venue: “Opel Arena”, Mainz.
Referee: Felix Brych.
1.FSV Mainz 05: Florian Müller – Stefan Bell, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Abdou Diallo – Nigel de Jong – Giulio Donati, Danny Latza, Suat Serdar, Gerrit Holtmann – Robin Quaison, Yoshinori Muto. (3-1-4-2)
Missing players: Robin Zentner is injured, while Leon Balogun is suspended. Rene Adler and Emil Berggreen are both questionable.
FC Schalke 04: Ralf Fährmann – Benjamin Stambouli, Naldo, Matija Nastasic – Daniel Caligiuri, Nabil Bentaleb, Max Meyer, Bastian Oczipka – Franco Di Santo – Breel Embolo, Guido Burgstaller. (3-4-1-2)
Missing players: Thilo Kehrer and Leon Goretzka are both doubtful, Abdul Rahman Baba is injured.