Borussia Monchengladbach vs 1. FSV Mainz 05
Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
FSV Mainz supporters will be travelling to Borussia-Park more in hope than expectation when their side take on title challenging Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Mainz: Match Preview
The Prussians began to stutter and lose ground in the title race during the final days of 2019, a trend that seems to carry on into the New Year as they’ve lost to Schalke, widening the gap to Leipzig and allowing Bayern to overtake them.
A defeat at Gelsenkirchen meant stepping down to a third step of Bundesliga ladder, point off Bayern at 2nd and five off RB Leipzig at the top but it would be foolish to write off Marco Rose and his men just yet.
Die Borussen are nearly flawless at Borussia-Park; seven wins and a draw from nine games, losing only to Nagelsmann’s Leipzig, which was a wakeup call of sorts; The Prussians are on a seven-game winning run since then.
Die Nullfünfer flirted with relegation in the past three seasons but the depths of Zweite never felt closer than they do this year as Freiburg did a quick work of Mainz last Saturday.
It was twelfth defeat of the season for Achim Beierlorzer and his pupils, their fourth in last five and third consecutive at home which has them placed 15th, a point off Werder and relegation play offs, three points away from Fortuna and a trip down the divisions.
Karnevalsverein are a curious case, being equally good (or equally bad) on the road and at Opel Arena. Nine points collected from nine road trips though their bit riskier approach on travels seems rewarding of late; two huge victories and a denied point at Augsburg, courtesy of one penalty kick.
Tony Jantschke, Ramy Bensebaini and Florian Mayer won’t see the green of the pitch for the hosts till foreseeable future; Raffael is having a bad case of cold and might not be well enough for Saturday while Nico Elvedi is close to returning but unlikely fit for Mainz clash, which Stefan Lainer will miss through suspension.
Danny Latza is back in training for the Mainz after recovering from a nasty back injury but no such luck for Edimilson Fernandes and Stefan Bell who’ll remain on the sidelines till February. Pierre Kunde is the last one MIA through suspension for Monchengladbach trip.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Mainz: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (34 games): Borussia M’gladbach 15 wins, 10 draws, Mainz 9 wins.
- Borussia M’gladbach have 8-5-3 record at home versus Karnevalsverein.
- Monchengladbach took all the spoils last time these two met in a 1-3 win.
- Die Borussen are on a three-game winning (seven-game unbeaten) run v Mainz.
- Die Nullfünfer couldn’t keep Borussia from scoring in their last three encounters.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Mainz: Prediction
There’s no doubt in my mind Borussia is winning this. The Prussians racked up seven straight victories in front of their own crowd and I can’t see Mainz putting a stop to that. They know how to deal with Karnevalsverein and should make it their fourth consecutive win against our unlucky guests.
Another smart bet would be on goals in the second half. Monchengladbach seems to have a knack for this as all but one of their games at Borussia-Park had at least two goals scored after the break. Mainz seems cooperative for this one as all their travels to top half sides ended with that same outcome.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Mainz: Betting tips
Gladbach to Win @ 1.58
Second Half: Over 1.5 goals @ 1.67.