Mainz vs RB Leipzig,
Date: Sunday, 15 August 2021,
Kick-off 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET
Venue: MEWA ARENA.
Mainz host RB Leipzig in one of the most interesting outings of the opening day of the new Bundesliga season.
We are about to witness a super-exciting head to head encounter between two tactical magicians Bo Svensson and Jesse Marsch.
The former pulled off a true miracle in preventing Mainz’s drop to the second tier football.
Only Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Eintracht Frankfurt collected more points than Mainz under Bo Svensson in the second half of the previous Bundesliga season.
It will be very interesting to see if Mainz will be able to keep this Champions League pace when Bo Svensson is in charge off a clean slate.
Mainz did not change their squad in between the two seasons. They looked razer sharp in the final third in the final pre-season exhibition (a 3-2 victory over Genoa) and the opening round of the new DFB Pokal campaign (a 2-2 draw at Elversberg, win on penalties).
The back line, however, leaked too many goals. Given that mighty Leipzig come to visit MEWA ARENA on Sunday, we have reasons to be worried about Mainz’s defensive performance in the first game of the new league season.
RB Leipzig found four unanswered goals in their maiden official game of the season as they eased past 2. Bundesliga outfit Sandhausen at the start of the German Cup journey.
Jesse Marsch will be looking to challenge Bayern Munich in a potential battle for the silverware as this RB Leipzig team looks stronger than the one that finished the previous Bundesliga campaign at the second place while winning the German Cup at the same time.
Mainz vs RB Leipzig Head-to-head
RB Leipzig lead the head to head tie by 4 wins ahead of the 11th game against Mainz.
However, Mainz picked up a surprising 3-2 victory when the two teams last met each other (in January this year at OPEL ARENA).
Each of the last six head to head encounters between these two sides ended with at least four goals scored.
Mainz vs RB Leipzig Prediction
Based on pre-season displays, the playing styles favored by both managers, and the head to head tradition, we just can’t imagine a low-scoring scenario here. RB Leipzig are certainly clear favorites as we can’t see Mainz’s shaky defense to keep hold of their stars on Sunday, but we would not be surprised to see the hosts on the scoresheet either.
The Away Win & Both Teams to Score bet thus looks as by far the best betting option here and you can grab it at attractive 2.75 odds.
Mainz vs RB Leipzig Betting Tips
Leipzig to Win & Both Teams to Score @ 2.75 odd
Over 3.5 goals FT @ 2.37 odd.