Stuttgart vs Mainz
Date: Saturday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz-Arena (Stuttgart).
Stuttgart finished the year with a pair of defeats to Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen and they will looking to end such a negative thread on Saturday afternoon when bottom-half rivals Mainz come to visit Mercedes-Benz-Arena.
With just seven points separating the two teams near the red zone, we have reasons to call this a relegation six-pointer halfway through the season.
The match is particularly important for the hosts who could seriously complicate their life with a defeat here. The head coach Markus Weinzierl will be desperate to see improvements in his side’s defensive efforts here.
A lack of meticulousness at the back was clearly notable in the most recent set of Stuttgart’s outings. The Reds allowed five goals in last two league games and saw the negative defensive trend continued during the winter-break. The team allowed three goals in a 2-3 loss to Utrecht and two in a draw to Cercle Brugge in mid-season friendlies.
Stuttgart vs Mainz: Head-to-head
The head to head record is all tied at nine wins for each of the teams coming into their 26th encounter.
Mainz 05 claimed a narrow 1-0 victory when outfits took on each other at the start of the campaign at OPEL ARENA.
The O-Fives won four of past five head to head games with Stuttgart.
Stuttgart vs Mainz: Prediction
Much like their counterparts, Mainz were pretty easy to break down in mid-season friendlies. They conceded seven goals in three matches against the likes of Standard Liege and Freiburg (twice), none of which they won.
The O-Fives are winless in past four Bundesliga matches as well. They struggled for goals on travels throughout the season netting no more than 7 in 8 away games this term. Stuttgart won two of past three home outings in the league which is why we find the value in backing their win at 2.25 odds in such an important affair for them.
Stuttgart vs Mainz: Bet Tips
Stuttgart to win @ 2.25 (5/4)
BTTS @ 1.75 (3/4).