Mainz vs Nurnberg
Date: Saturday, 26 January 2019
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: OPEL ARENA (Mainz).
Mainz got off to a dream kick off to the year as they saw off Stuttgart 2-3 on the road last weekend. The O-Fives had a two-goal cushion by the half hour mark, while Alexander Hack put the game beyond Stuttgart’s reach bagging the third goal 18 minutes from time. The Reds could only bag two late consolation goals. The win at Mercedes-Benz-Arena led Sandro Schwarz and his men into safe waters as they are now ten points adrift of Stuttgart in the relegation play-offs spot.
The O-Fives will have a great opportunity to back up this success with another victory on Saturday. They are to face strugglers Nurnberg who will most likely only make it a one-year spell of loan in the top flight of the German football this season. The visitors hold the very foot of the Bundesliga ladder with just 11 points from 18 matches so far. They are four points shy of the safe zone, but their form does not quite promise a lot in the remaining part of the season.
Mainz vs Nurnberg: Head-to-head
The head to head tradition also favours the hosts here.
Mainz won 11, drew 1 and lost only 3 of 15 home matches against Nurnberg.
Interestingly, sic of last seven head to head affairs saw goals scored at both ends.
Teams drew 1-1 when they met each other in early-September last year at Max-Morlock-Stadion.
Mainz vs Nurnberg: Prediction
Nurnberg are on a dreadful run of five consecutive losses in Bundesliga. They are winless in past 12 league affairs and we just can’t see the streak coming to an end against an inspired Mainz 05 squad here.
Jean-Philippe Mateta scored six goals for Mainz so far in the season. He was on target seven days ago at Mercedes-Benz-Arena. The Frenchman should have plenty of space to deliver past the weakest defensive line in the entire competition. You can back him to score anytime at the odds of 2.37 here, while the home win is a must-take pick at 1.72.
Mainz vs Nurnberg: Bet Tips
Mainz to [email protected] 1.72 (8/11)
Jean-Philippe Mateta to score anytime @ 2.37 (11/8).