Mainz vs Fortuna Dusseldorf
Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020
Kick-off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Opel Arena (Mainz).
A relegation three-pointer to close out 25th Bundesliga round as Mainz and Fortuna lock swords at Opel Arena on Sunday dusk.
After comprehensive 4-0 defeat against Wolfsburg, Mainz 05 rose above it and triumphed in a battling display against bottom-of-the-table Paderborn last Saturday afternoon with Robin Quaison and Karim Onisiwo increasing their goal tally.
It was a welcome return to the winning track, with the 05ers getting seven points from last four games following their post-Christmas losing run, still residing on 15th place of Bundesliga table, keeping their cushion over other relegation contenders, with four points separating them from their upcoming rivals and the abyss.
Their latest triumph against Paderborn marked first time this season Achim Beierlorzer’s men has strung together two home games without tasting sour zest of defeat, where they’ve been mostly either/or, with their uncompromising attitude costing them points against better opposition whilst doing the job adequately well versus similarly good (more accurately, bad) ones.
Buoyed by a first win under head coach Uwe Rösler two weeks ago, Fortuna immediately sought to pick up where they had left off and Rheinländer were on their way to make it two in a row with a 3-0 lead at the half time – before they inexcusably collapsed, with Hertha BSC, led by Matheus Cunha and Krzysztof Piatek, making a miraculous comeback to draw 3-3 in front of dazed and confused fans in Düsseldorf.
Rösler seemingly steadied the ship, with Fortuna now picking up points in places where they’ve easily laid weapons during first half of the season which still isn’t enough to get them above the line but sitting at 16th, with four points dividing them from safety and ten more rounds to go, anything is possible.
Similarly to their counterparts from Mainz, with a snatch and grab job they’ve pulled at Freiburg, Rheinländers linked two unbeaten games on the road for the first time in their returnee Bundesliga season, which also marked Fortuna’s second away victory of the year, first since August for third worst traveling side in the country and perhaps makes for a turning point for Düsseldorf’s misfits.
Ronael Pierre-Gabriel, Jerry St. Juste, Alexander Hack, Stefan Bell and perhaps even Karim Onisiwo are all set out to sit out important Sunday’s clash due to variety of injuries, with the visitors missing the usual suspects in Dawid Kownacki, Tim Wiesner and Zackary Thomas Steffen.
Mainz vs Fortuna Dusseldorf Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (12 games): FSV Mainz 6 wins, 2 draws, Fortuna Düsseldorf 4 wins.
- Mainz have 4-1-1 record at home versus Rheinländer.
- Fortuna got all the points late in the game when the two met back in October’s 1-0 win.
- BTTS – No was a winning bet in five of their last seven encounters.
- Four of their last five games ended with fewer than 2.5 goals.
Mainz vs Fortuna Dusseldorf Prediction
Duels between the two rarely produced any sort of excitement and wonder we’re used to from Bundesliga sides in recent years, usually ending up being tight affairs, with one or two goals bringing up spikes of emotions in otherwise dull affairs and with the importance of incoming game, I really don’t see that changing.
Can see the 05ers edging it out, though… They usually do well against similar opposition, this goes double when they’re at home and adding their h2h record against Fortuna into equation, everything point out to second consecutive triumph for Mainz in front of their own fans. Huge expectations and sheer pressure ahead of games like these have broken even better teams than Fortuna, so.
Mainz vs Fortuna Dusseldorf Betting tips
Under 3.5 goals @ 1.59
Mainz to Win @ 2.05.
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