Freiburg vs Mainz
Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Saturday, 17 August 2019
Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: Schwarzwald-Stadion (Freiburg).
Freiburg brought an eight-game winless run to a halt on the last day of the previous season with an emphatic 5-1 victory over eventually relegated Nurnberg at home. The hosts had a lackluster campaign which saw them finish twelfth in the table with no more than thirty-six points to their name.
Their most recent clash in the DFB Pokal Cup saw them hold Magdeburg to a stalemate in regulation time, following which they won the battle of nerves in the penalty shoot out to ultimately walk home with the win.
Mainz had a similar run in the domestic league last season and finished one spot above Freiburg in the table with forty-three points. The away side did end their campaign on a much more solid note though and were without a defeat in their final three matchups.
However, Mainz certainly struggled to come out on top in their trips on the road last time out and will undoubtedly have to put in the extra effort if they are to avoid an opening game loss at Freiburg this weekend.
Freiburg vs Mainz Head to head (h2h)
- Both sides have two wins apiece from their last four meetings at this venue.
- Mainz have not kept a clean sheet against Freiburg in their previous five clashes here.
- Only one out of their last four ties have been a low scoring matchup.
- Their last encounter finished in favor of Mainz.
Freiburg vs Mainz Prediction
The home team are unbeaten in their last two clashes on home soil and have netted six goals from those games alone while being breached just twice. The squad have also tasted defeat no more than twice since the beginning of the year, both of which, to their defense, were against sides that featured in the top ten.
It also needs saying that Mainz have been utterly dismal in their recent trips on the road and have succumbed to a loss seven times from their last eight outings. Given the poor away record that they have under their belt, the visitors look far from convincing to pick up a win this weekend.
Eight out of the last fourteen goals that Freiburg have scored at home have come in the opening forty-five minutes of the game. With Mainz failing to stick to their defensive duties in their recent trips on the road, you can certainly count on Freiburg to find the back of the net before the teams head for the break.
Freiburg vs Mainz Betting tips
Full time result: Freiburg @ 2.10 (11/10)
Freiburg to score in first half @ 1.66 (2/3).