Mainz vs Hamburger SV
Date: Saturday, 17th December, 2016
Kick-off: 14:30 UK
Venue: OPEL ARENA, Mainz.
Hamburger SV managed to escape the rock bottom of Bundesliga table with two consecutive victories without a single goal conceded against Darmstadt and Augsburg. The team led by Markus Gisdol is yet to escape the danger zone, though, after a horrendous start of the new campaign. Gisdol will have a nice opportunity to extend the positive run and avoid a defeat in fourth consecutive Bundesliga match on Saturday afternoon when HSV will be travelling to OPEL ARENA to face struggling Mainz.
The Carnival Club have lost three in a row, but we must mention that they have had a pretty rough schedule over the last couple of weeks. The latest of the failures came last weekend when Mainz lost the away match at Borussia Monchengladbach with 1-0 which dropped them to the 11th position in the league standings, after a promising start of the new season. Martin Schmidt is definitely worried about the form of his best player so far in the season since Yunus Malli has failed to find the net since mid-November.
Mainz vs Hamburger SV: Head-to-Head Stats
Most of the previous head to head encounters offered plenty of goals, apart from the very last one which ended goalless in April this year at OPEL ARENA. Hamburger SV have taken two victories more than Mainz ahead of their 21st meeting.
Mainz vs Hamburger SV: Prediction
Since Gisdol has significantly improved his team’s performances at the back with Djorou and Jung as the best solutions at center back positions. And with Ostrzolek and Sakai as defensive midfielders, we can easily see HSV parking the bus here and trying to find the winner through counter attacks.
The likes of Gregoritsch, Kostic and Muller have been playing in a terrific form for Hamburg up front. And we would not be surprised at all to see the visitors snatching the third win in a row here. The odds of 13/5 are well worth trying, but we will go with the safer option and back the visitors to avoid a defeat at 6/7.
The predicted full-time score is a 1-0 win in favour of the visiting Hamburg side, which is offered at an excellent odds of 13/1 (14.00).
Mainz vs Hamburger SV: Betting Tips
Hamburger SV not to lose 6/7 (1.85).