Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen
Date: Friday, 8 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: OPEL ARENA (Mainz).
Bayer Leverkusen produced the best showing of the season on Saturday when they shocked defending champions Bayern Munich 3-1 at BayArena.
Peter Bosz is doing a phenomenal job with the team which spent most of the season in the bottom half of the standings under Heiko Herrlich. The Dutch manager moved Julian Brandt back in midfield which is a position which suits him much better as he is much more efficient both attackingly and defensively.
Kai Havertz, Karim Bellarabi, Leon Bailey and Kevin Volland are constant threat in the final third and we can say Leverkusen certainly have the capacity to challenge the top-four finish at the end of the season.
Bailey, Volland and Alario scored three second-half goals to complete a fantastic comeback against Bayern Munich. It was the second consecutive win for Die Werkself following their 0-3 thumping of Wolfsburg away at VOLKSWAGEN ARENA.
Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-head
Bayer Leverkusen lead the head to head tie by two wins coming into their 27th encounter with the O-Fives.
Die Werkself won each of last two meetings with Mainz (1-0 and 2-0).
Both teams scored just once in past four head to head affairs.
Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
Bayer won four of past five league matches and they are now only seven points adrift of fourth-placed RB Leipzig. The team led by Peter Bosz will have a fantastic opportunity to keep the stellar form going on Friday evening when they travel to OPEL ARENA to take on Mainz 05 in the first game of Matchday No 21.
Mainz will head into the game in a completely opposite mood. They suffered a tough 3-0 defeat away at relegation strugglers Augsburg to end a fine two-win thread at the start of the year. The O-Fives were fairly easy to break down of late as they shipped six goals in three league affairs in 2019.
We can hardly see the out-of-form defensive line of Mainz’s keeping hold of free-scoring Bayer here. The away win is a must-take bet at the odds of 1.83.
Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen: Bet Tips
Bayer Leverkusen to win @ 1.83 (5/6)
Bayer Leverkusen Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.66 (4/6).