Union Berlin vs Mainz
Date: Friday, 2 October 2020
Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stadion An der Alten Försterei.
The 05ers have made a mess of a start to their campaign, and have already taken a place in the bottom-most tier of the table. They lost both their opening two fixtures, and by the looks of things, are in line to continue their disappointing run for some time.
They had been struggling even at the end of the previous campaign, and this dismal run was really not unexpected.
The Iron Ones would be counting on this, and would try to post a valuable three points on the board. They after all are in better form, and also do have a good h2h record against this opponent.
Likely, expect Union Berlin to be the better team on the pitch.
Union Berlin vs Mainz: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Both teams had scored goals in every meeting since 2003.
- The latest encounter had taken place three months back, and then spoils were shared with a 1-1 scorecard.
- The last Urs Fischer’s men had won a game was 17 years back.
- Not once have the hosts kept a clean sheet at this stadium in the past two decades.
Union Berlin vs Mainz: Prediction
The Iron Ones secured a 1-1 draw on the road the last match-day, against Borussia Monchengladbach. The fact that they were able to do so, against one of the best teams in the league is really a confidence-booster.
In the meantime, Jan-Moritz Lichte’s men lost 1-4 at home the past game week, against Stuttgart. With that defeat, the team has now extended their 100% losing record in the competition for another game, and have conceded three or more goals in both their fixtures till now.
They have also lost five of their former six overall match-ups, and their single win this whole season had come against a team from the lower division.
On the other hand, their counterparts have lost just thrice at home this whole year, and more importantly, the Iron Ones have been unbeaten in h2h clashes in the past 17 years.
They have also been delivering far better performances than that of the 05ers in the past several months. As such, expect Union Berlin to win at least one of the halves this weekend.
However, understand that every single h2h encounter since 2003 have had goals from both teams, and not once have the hosts kept a clean sheet at this venue in any face-to-face game in the 21st century.
Also, Lichte’s men would do their absolute best to avoid a third straight defeat in the league. Likely, expect Mainz to find the back of the net at least once.
Union Berlin vs Mainz: Betting Tips
Union Berlin to Win Either Half @ 1.75 (3/4)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.70 (7/10).