1.FSV Mainz 05 vs Hannover
2.German Bundesliga – 2017/18 Season
Date: Saturday, 19th August 2017
Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: Opel Arena, Mainz.
The 05ers will commence their new Bundesliga campaign against the newly-promoted Hannover 96. The away side will struggle in the elite according to experts’ predictions, while Mainz will attempt to get back into the upper part of the table where they traditionally belong.
1. FSV Mainz 05
FSV Mainz enjoyed an almost perfect preseason. They beat Tus Koblenz and Alemannia Aachen in the first two matches, but then they lost their sole friendly of the preseason to Wehen.
Mainz then improved the performance – they outclassed FC Tokyo 5-2, followed by a goalless draw with Greuther Furth. Then they beat Newcastle United 2-1 and the Dutch Twente with 2-0 as the preparation for their first competitive game of the season. In the first round of DFB Pokal, Mainz beat Luneburger Hansa with 1-3.
Hannover 96 started their preparatory period early as the long season awaits them in the German elite. They faced several lower-league sides and similar to Mainz, they lost only one game in that period. In their first round of DFB Pokal, they netted 6 past Bonner’s keeper while allowing two goals, which is a slight concern.
Mainz vs Hannover: Head-to-head
In the last five games between the two sides, Hannover have only managed to get two points from Mainz, while the 05ers registered three victories. At Opel Arena, Hannover are winless since 2010.
Mainz vs Hannover: Predictions from LeagueLane
The home side is expected to grab the full prize against the newly-promoted side. Hannover will be under the slight pressure since Mainz could again be dragged into the relegation battle, so potentially, their first match could be a 6-point clash. A cautious approach is expected from both managers, so there won’t be too many goals on Saturday.
Mainz vs Hannover: Bet Tips from LeagueLane
The best bet will be Both Teams to Score NO at the odds of 1.95 @ Bet365.