Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen
Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Saturday, 21 December 2019
Kick-off at 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET
Venue: Opel Arena (Mainz).
After back-to-back losses against two teams from the lower tier, Leverkusen will be hell-bent on not to let the streak extend to three in a row. They will have to deal with the away handicap, and in the process deal with the inconsistent Mainz, who are trying to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Leverkusen won at this venue, 1-5.
- Bayer are on a three-game winning run against this opposition.
- Six of the former nine wins went to Leverkusen.
- Four of the previous six wins at this stadium went to the guests.
- The last six encounters at this stadium had goals from both teams.
Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Preview
Leverkusen fans were starting to hope great things from their players after the team went on a rampage of six unbeaten games, which included wins over Atleti, Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich, Schalke etc. Keep note that these wins included tough fixtures from the Champions League.
However, the tough-fought loss against Juventus brought them back to ground, and ever since they have struggled to put forth a satisfactory performance.
This match-day, they have an opportunity to put an end to the dismal run.
Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction
Mainz had made mincemeat out of Bremen the last match-day in the Bundesliga. The former were on the road, and still cruised to a comfortable, and dominating 0-5 victory on the road.
In the meantime, Leverkusen saw their struggles continue the previous game week, as they lost at home to Hertha. The hosts had tried their best to salvage at least a point from the fixture, but Hertha held on to a narrow 0-1 scoreline at the end.
This match-day, the desperation of Bayer to get back on track will surely play a role in determining the outcome of the game. After recording impressive wins against some of the best teams in Germany, and in the world, they have found life hard the previous three match-days.
Likely, they will try their best to take it out on the inconsistent Mainz, from the lower tier.
Keep note that Leverkusen are on a three-game winning run against this opponent, and that the latest such encounter had ended in a massive 1-5 victory for Bayer, as well. They have also registered six of the previous nine overall h2h wins, and four of the prior six at this stadium.
In addition, also consider the fact that Mains have conceded three or more goals in four of the prior six face-to-face encounters at their home, and that they have succeeded just twice in keeping clean sheets in such games since 2004.
Moreover, Mainz are currently placed just above the relegation zone, and they have conceded three goals more than the dead-last placed Paderborn.
In the meantime, understand that Leverkusen need a surplus of just one point over Freiburg to get into the European spots, while the latter are pitted against Schalke the upcoming match-day.
Suffice it to say, Leverkusen have the motivation to go after the three points, and they have the backing of logic too. As such, count on Bayer to emerge victorious this weekend.
However, do take into consideration the away handicap of Leverkusen, and the fact that they are on a three-game losing run at present. Also, the past six h2h encounters at this venue have had goals from both teams, and in the previous 15 years, only once have Mainz failed to find the back of the net here in such games.
Finally, keep in mind that Mainz have scored twice or more in four of the last five h2h battles at home, and all these reasons combine together to pick out the BTTS as a firm favorite for punters this Saturday.
Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips
Bayer Leverkusen to Win @ 1.83 (5/6)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.44 (4/9).