Mainz vs Schalke
Date: Saturday, 23 February 2019
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: OPEL ARENA (Mainz).
Bottom half rivals Mainz and Schalke take on each other in the 23rd round of Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon at OPEL ARENA.
Neither of teams will enter the match in high spirits following their respective failures of late.
The O-Fives lost three on the spin in Bundesliga, while Die Konigsblauen conceded two late goals in mid-week’s Champions League affair with ten-man Manchester City to lose the first leg 2-3 at VELTINS-Arena.
Mainz took advantage of the easier schedule at the start of the year to pick up a pair of important wins over relegation threatened Stuttgart and Nurnberg.
However, they went on to lose three in a row in Bundesliga allowing as many as 11 goals in the process. The latest of defeats came last weekend away at Wolfsburg (3-0).
Mainz vs Schalke: Head-to-head
Schalke completely dominated this match-up in the recent history.
They won five successive affairs against the O-Fives.
Mainz failed to find the net in any of last five meetings with Die Konigsblauen.
Mainz vs Schalke: Prediction
Schalke are miles away from the form they had in the previous term of Bundesliga. They hold 14th position at the moment and they will come into this off the back of two defeats and a draw in last three matches across competitions.
Domenico Tedesco’s men only won 2 and lost 5 of 11 away matches in the league this season. They shipped five goals in two away fixtures in 2019 (a 2-2 draw at Hertha and a 3-1 loss at Bayern Munich). Mainz scored at least a goal in all of past seven home ties in Bundesliga, each of which saw goals scored at both ends as well.
Since both sides were really easy to break down of late, backing goals at both ends looks as the way to go at 1.70 odds. As for the outcome, we will go for the draw at 3.40.
Mainz vs Schalke: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5)
BTTS @ 1.70 (7/10).