SCH vs MAZ Dream11: Mainz makes the trip to the Ruhr Valley to take on Schalke 04 in the VELTINS Arena. Schalke are dead last in the table and have just 1 win all season. They have also lost 16 of their 23 league games and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. Mainz is not doing much better themselves and are second-last in the table, albeit 8 points above Schalke. They have been on a better run of form of late with 3 wins of their last 6 games and will hope that a disappointing loss to Augsburg last week will not dampen their spirits. They are also just 1 point clear of safety and a win against Schalke will get them out of the drop zone.
Schalke 04 vs Mainz, Bundesliga
6th March, 1 am (IST)
VELTINS Arena, Schalke
Bundesliga Table – Schalke 04 are last in the league and Mainz are 1 place above them in 17th place.
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Schalke – LLDLL
Mainz – LWDWL
Head-to-head (last five meetings):
Schalke – 2
Draws – 2
Mainz – 1
Last meeting: Mainz 2-2 Schalke (Bundesliga, 7th November 2020)
Injury Report, Unavailability: Christian Gross has a worry long injury list with Frederik Ronnow, Goncalo Paciencia, Killian Ludewig, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Mark Uth, Matija Nastasic, Nassim Boujellabm, Ralf Fahrmann, Salif Sane and Steven Skrzybski are all out injured.
Expected changes: With a lack of options for selection, Schalke is likely to field the same team that lost to Stuttgart. Benito Raman started on the bench in the previous game but should get a start on the right flank this time.
Schalke Starting XI (probable):
Michael Langer (GK)
B) Mainz Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: On the opposite end of the spectrum, Mainz is only without Edimilson Fernandes who is out with an ankle injury and will not get a start in the SCH vs MAZ Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Mainz are likely to play more or less the same side that lost to Augsburg. The backline should remain the same while in midfield, Leandro Barreira should make way for Dominik Kohr in the centre of the park. Robert Glatzel might get a start up front alongside Karin Onisiwo at the expense of Adam Szalai.
Mainz Starting XI (probable):
Robin Zentner (GK)
Jerry St. Juste
Danny da Costa
Paddy Power: Schalke – 23/10; Mainz – 11/10
William Hill: Schalke – 12/5; Mainz – 11/10
The SCH vs MAZ Today Match Prediction is a game of 2 parts. While the game will impact the bottom half of the table, it is unlikely to make a big difference to Schalke’s campaign unless they manage to go on an unbeaten run. Even a draw will take Mainz to safety but they will not settle for anything less than a win.
Most Likely Result: Mainz win
Amine Harit – With 6 goal contributions (1 goal, 5 assists), Amine Harit has been involved in 37% of Schalke’s goals this season. He has also created 45 chances and succeeded in 57% of his dribbles.
Kevin Stoger – Mainz have scored 4 goals in their last 3 games and Kevin Stoger has scored 2 of them. He also has 3 goals from 4 shots on target and will be an influential presence in the Mainz midfield.
Matthew Hoppe – Starting in that lone striker spot, Hoppe has 5 goals from 7 shots on target and the youngster will hope for his clinical game to continue when they face Mainz. He has also scored a goal every 2 games (182 minutes).
Moussa Niakhate – Niakhate has 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 6 games despite playing in a defensive role. He also has 64 clearances and 38 interceptions which makes him a vital player on both ends of the pitch.
Defenders- Mwene, Niakhate, Thiaw, Becker
Midfielders- Stoger (C), Latza, Harit, Raman
Forwards- Onisiwo, Hoppe (VC)