Hoffenheim vs Mainz
Date: Sunday, 23 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena (Sinsheim).
Hoffenheim will hope to finally bring a seven-game winless thread to an end on Sunday afternoon when they host Mainz in the last match of the year in Bundesliga. Die Kraichgauer dropped out of the top six in the Bundesliga ladder as a consequence of a poor series of results. We have to mention they did have quite a challenging schedule over the past couple of months. Julian Nagelsmann’s men are finally looking at a very much winnable affair against the likes of Mainz 05.
The visitors are by no means a naïve opposition, but the fact they allowed six goals in last two league ties with RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt suggests we might be up for gaols galore here. The O-Fives actually have two wins on travels this term (over Freiburg and Fortuna Dusseldorf). Swedish forward Robin Quaison will be the man to look after here as he completed a brace on Wednesday evening in a 2-2 draw to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Hoffenheim vs Mainz: Head-to-head
Teams are level at seven wins apiece coming into their 21st head to head encounter.
Hoffenheim, however, dominated this match-up entirely in recent years.
Die Kraichgauer won four and drew one of past five matches against Mainz.
Hoffenheim scored at least three goals in each of these five H2H games in the process.
All of last six H2H games saw at last four goals scored.
Hoffenheim vs Mainz: Prediction
Knowing about Hoffenheim’s playing style, we just have to predict a high-scoring contest when they take on defensively-vulnerable Mainz side. Hoffenheim did shockingly play a goalless draw against Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend, but the mid-week tie with Werder offered goals at both ends once again (1-1 draw).
Nine of last ten matches Die Kraichgauer played across competitions have thus seen BTTS option “coming in”. We have to go with the Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS bet at 1.72 as the main bet here. You can also try with the Over 3.5 goals pick at 2.00 odds.
Hoffenheim vs Mainz: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS @ 1.72 (8/11)
Over 3.5 goals FT @ 2.00 (1/1).