Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz
Date: Sunday, 23 September 2018
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: BayArena (Leverkusen).
Bayer Leverkusen are yet to avoid a defeat at the start of the new Bundesliga campaign. They’ve truly had a well congested schedule with matches against the likes of Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich so far.
It was still a bitterly disappointing start for Heiko Herrlich and his men who are desperate to shift their fortunes around on Sunday afternoon in the home tie against Mainz 05. The team did gain much-needed confidence on Thursday, beating Bulgarian champions Ludogorets 2-3 on the road.
Kai Havertz inspired a huge comeback bagging a brace which led Die Werkself to a victor from being two goals down in the first half. Isaac Thelin was also on the scoreline. Herrlich’s defensive line, however, once again revealed way too many signs of vulnerability. The team conceded two or more goals in each of last four games.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz Head-to-head
Bayer lead the head to head tie by a single victory coming into their 26th meeting with Mainz 05.
Teams snatched a win apiece in the previous term of Bundesliga.
At home, Die Werkself won 6, drew 3 and lost 4 of 13 H2H games against Die Nullfunfer.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz Prediction
The visitors head into the game in much higher spirits. They took seven from possible nine points in three games so far and sit sky-high sixth ahead of this fourth round tie. They somehow managed to steal a three-pointer against Augsburg last weekend through goals from Anthony Ujah and Alexandru Maxim in the dying minutes of the game.
However, we have to mention that Die Nullfunfer generally struggled badly on travels in the previous term. They won 2, drew 6 and lost 9 of 17 away matches in the league last season. Both wins at the start of the 2018/19 campaign came at their OPEL ARENA as they only drew 1-1 to recently promoted Nurnberg in the lone away fixture so far.
Since Bayer are really desperate for a three-pointer here, well shoot for the home win & BTTS as the main betting option at the odds of 3.00. The bet you won’t make a mistake with is Over 2.5 goals FT, paid at the odds of 1.60.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz Bet Tips
Bayer to win & BTTS @ 3.00 (2/1)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.60 (3/5).