Mainz vs Augsburg
Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Saturday, 15 September 2018
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: OPEL Arena, Mainz.
Mainz and Augsburg are lock on points ahead of their third round tie at OPEL Arena. Both teams will come into the game high on confidence after making decent starts to their Bundesliga campaigns.
The hosts saw off Stuttgart on the opening day thanks to a goal from Anthony Ujah.
They got off to a fine start in the second round clash with recently promoted Nurnberg as well when Jean-Philippe Mateta pushed them in front midway through the first half.
Nevertheless, Mikael Ishak came up with the equalizer for Nurnberg, denying Die Nullfunfer a perfect record after two rounds.
Augsburg took four points from ties against Fortuna Dusseldorf (1-2 win on the road) and Borussia Monchengladbach (1-1 draw at home).
The successful start was inspired by Austrian internationals Michael Gregoritsch and Martin Hinteregger who bagged two of team’s three goals so far in the season.
Mainz vs Augsburg: Head-to-head
Mainz still lead the head to head tie by two wins, but it’s Augsburg who came on top both home and away in the previous term of Bundesliga.
Nonetheless, Die Nullfunfer have a much better record in matches at OPEL Arena where they picked up five wins and suffered only two losses ahead of the landmark tenth encounter with Augsburg there.
Both teams found the net in four of last six head to head games.
Mainz vs Augsburg: Prediction
Both managers have serious problems with the list of injured/suspended players for this tie. Icelandic striker Alfredh Finbogasson is yet to make an appearance for Fuggerstadter in this season as well as Julian Schieber. They could both skip the Mainz clash as well. Finnish midfielder Fredrik Jenssen is definitely out for the visitors through injury.
Nevertheless, Manuel Baum still has decent attacking weapons in the likes of Michael Gregoritsch and Andre Hahn who are expected to the biggest threat to Mainz’s goal on the day.
The hosts also have in-form strikers in the likes of Ujah and Mateta and we’d not be surprised to see the continuation of a BTTS trend in H2H games between these two sides. As for the outcome, the draw looks to be the most likable of three and can be backed at the odds of 3.25.
Mainz vs Augsburg: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.80
Draw @ 3.00.