FC Schalke 04 vs 1. FSV Mainz 05
Date: Friday, 20th October 2017
Kick-off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Veltins Arena (Gelsenkirchen).
The two sides that registered a victory each in the previous round will square off at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, the home of Schalke 04. The Royal Blues will host FSV Mainz 05 in the opening match of Round 9.
The hosts are sitting in the sixth position with 13 points earned. Schalke’s goal this season is to secure the appearance in one of UEFA competitions next season, so they are on the good way towards their glory days. Tedesco is demanding discipline from his men in order to make his 3-4-3 style work, but he is also highly adaptable with a small squad he has at his disposal.
Schalke are winless on the home turf in the last two matches and grabbing the victory at Veltins Arena is an imperative.
The 05ers are enjoying their three game unbeaten run in which they beat HSV and Hertha Berlin on the home turf while drawing VfL Wolfsburg on the road. After the horrible start, the tenth position is quite solid for Mainz as they earned the majority of their points in the last three games.
Mainz have scored only one goal on the road since the start of the season and they will aim to tally at least one in Gelsenkirchen.
Schalke vs Mainz: Head-to-head
Schalke won three out of last five duels with Mainz. The quality gap between the two isn’t high but Schalke are unbeaten on the home by Mainz since 2012.
Schalke vs Mainz: Prediction
The hosts will settle only for the triumph here so we can expect a high-tempo game with at least two goals. Schalke will keep an eye on their goal and try to score one or two goals, so we might witness Mainz’s attack restricted at Veltins Arena.
Schalke vs Mainz: Bet Tips
The main bet will be Schalke to win at the odds of 1.84.
If you prefer higher risk and reward you can go for Schalke to win to nil at the odds of 3.05.
- All Match Odds courtesy of Unibet