Wolfsburg VS Mainz 05 Prediction
Instead of improvement, Wolfsburg shows regress in opening rounds of season 2016-17 as “The Wolves” are still seeking first home victory when Mainz 05 arrives at their “Volkswagen-Arena” on Sunday afternoon. Indeed, Wolfsburg started with two away wins in both domestic competitions but after their opening Bundesliga fixture in Augsburg, Dieter Hecking’s men have won just two points from four games which places them on the 13th position. Visitors from Mainz are in mid of the Bundesliga standings and they head to Wolfsburg after a long midweek journey to Azerbaijan.
Wolfsburg vs Mainz 05 – Team News and Match Preview
Martin Schmidt’s men are one of the German representatives in the UEFA Europa League groups where Mainz 05 won against team of Qabala – after two comeback. Initially Mainz took the lead on half-time as the result was 0-1 in German favour, but Qabala scored twice in 57th and 62nd minute, which made the score 2-1. However, Mainz 05 were the final winners from that clash as Martin Schmidt’s reaction after second goal of Qabala was more than brilliant. He made a double substitution placing Levin Öztunali and Jhon Córdoba on the field, at the expense of Christian Clemens and José Rodríguez, which was a fine move and exactly the two were those who have scored both winning goals to mark the final score 2-3. In a fact Córdoba’s goal was netted seconds after he came from the bench, while Öztunali scored third goal for Mainz in 78th minute. That victory will improve Mainz’s morale as the club from Rhineland-Palatinate lost in similar way to Bayer Leverkusen last weekend, when Chicharito marked its hat-trick in stoppage time of the match – 2-3.
Wolfsburg are not involved in none of both UEFA competitions and they can fully focus on the domestic campaign, but there isn’t any sign of concentration by Dieter Hecking’s men so far. “Wolves” have been really toothless in last four matches where they have scored only two goals and they both came in last week’s defeats by Borussia Dortmund (1-5) at home and in their travel to Bremen (1-2 by Werder). Terrifying performances which put some pressure over coach Dieter Hecking who still waits Mario Gomez to open its scoring account as experienced German striker has arrived at the “Volkswagen Arena” with huge expectations, expectations to replace Bas Dost in an appropriate way. Well, Gomez still cannot justify that credit and everyone in Wolfsburg believes that he can finally find a way to score against Mainz 05.
Wolfsburg vs Mainz 05 – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Wolfsburg and Mainz 05 will be keen to achieving pleasing result right before the international break and they can use the pause to build on. Of course, featuring those players who won’t be engaged with international duty. For hosts from Wolfsburg pleasing result can be only a win and that’s the most logical scenario after both above mentioned disappointments last week, preceded by two goalless draws against Köln and Hoffenheim.
Mainz 05 won’t mind on a draw away from home, especially after their exhausting journey to Azerbaijan just few days ago. Martin Schmidt’s men are doing quite well in their away matches and except their round one defeat in Dortmund (2-1), Mainz 05 travels to Wolfsburg after three consecutive victories away from home. This contains two Bundesliga wins over Augsburg (1-3) and Werder Bremen (1-2), as well as their recent UEFA Europa League midweek commitment. Unfortunately number of injury concerns which Swiss coach of Mainz must deal with looks big enough and Schmidt still can’t rely to Gianluca Curci, Leon Balogun, André Ramalho, Danny Latza, Niki Zimling, Jairo Samperio, Emil Berggreen and suspended José Rodríguez. Most of the players have been sidelined all the time but Leon Balogun’s injury comes in worst possible moment. He’ll probably be replaced by Niko Bungert, who should start as Stefan Bell’s partner in heart of Mainz 05’s defense. Meanwhile midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin remains doubtful and if he fails to recover on time, Mainz 05 will probably start with central midfield duo Suat Serdar – Fabian Frei.
Except poor form, Dieter Hecking has other concerns and they’re influenced by injuries of two first-team players – Luiz Gustavo and Daniel Didavi. Their names went next to these of other injured players like Sebastian Jung, Carlos Ascues, Ismail Azzaoui and Josuha Guilavogui.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Wolfsburg fails to justify all expectations for something different than in season 2015-2016, so we believe that it’s finally time for real men here. Dieter Hecking must take advantage from injury of Leon Balogun, in the anyway shaky defense which Mainz 05 has, as well as by the bigger rest his team had in the week, while Mainz had to play 90 minutes against very motivated opposition, on more than 4000 km’s away from home.
Our betting prediction goes for a home win – 1X2 betting on Wolfsburg. “Wolves” must put an end of these poor efforts and striker Mario Gomez should be key factor for an eventual outcome. That’s why we suggest second betting market for the Bundesliga fixture between Wolfsburg and Mainz 05, as we’ll place a bet on “Mario Gomez as an Anytime Goalscorer“.
Venue: “Volkswagen-Arena”, Wolfsburg.
Referee: Benjamin Brand.
Possible starting lineups of Wolfsburg and Mainz 05
VfL Wolfsburg: Koen Casteels – Jannes Horn, Jeffrey Bruma, Robin Knoche, Christian Träsch – Maximilian Arnold, Yannick Gerhardt – Daniel Caligiuri, Julian Draxler, Jakub Blaszczykowski – Mario Gomez. (4-2-3-1)
1. FSV Mainz 05: Jonas Lössl – Giulio Donati, Niko Bungert, Stefan Bell, Gaëtan Bussmann – Suat Serdar, Fabian Frei – Levin Öztunali, Yunus Malli, Pablo de Blasis – Jhon Córdoba. (4-2-3-1)