Mainz vs Schalke
MAZ VS SCH MATCH PREVIEW:
This season’s surprise package Schalke travel to German state Rhineland-Palatinate to face the relegation-threatened Mainz in the first match of the 26th round of fixtures.
Last season it was RB Leipzig who bombshell every football fan with their efforts and attacking football as they finished 2nd, 15 points behind the eventual champion Bayern Munich, and this year Schalke is proving to be the best bet to finish 2nd behind the defending Champions.
Now this year, though Bundesliga is treading towards the more familiar shores as The Bavarians are 20 points away from the Royal Blues, it’s the race for the 2nd which has given a fresh lease of life to the bore German Championship.
So if you are a football fan who always crave for some good football action, this may be the match you would not want to miss. As Mainz have a decent run behind them and Schalke are definitely flying in the seventh heaven considering where they finished last season on the table.
When: March 10th, 1:00 AM IST
Where: Opel Arena, Mainz
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Mainz – L L L W D D
Schalke – L W L W W W
MAZ VS SCH TEAM NEWS:
Mainz will have their work cut out when they face an in-form Schalke, and the misery may be compounded as first-choice goalkeeper Adler is set to miss out the match due to an illness. While defender Leon-Aderemi Balogun will be missing the match due to a ban.
Müller – Diallo, Bell (c), Hack – Donati, Serdar, Gbamin, Latza, Holtmann – Quaison, Muto
Absentees: Zentner (knee), Adler (illness), Balogun (one-match ban)
Bayer-bound Leon Goretzka is racing against time to be fit for the Mainz match. But we are not expecting him to start even if he is given green light to feature in this match. So we are backing Bentaleb to take his place in the match.
Fährmann (C & GK) – Stambouli, Naldo, Nastasic – Caligiuri, Meyer, Bentaleb, Oczipka – Embolo, Burgstaller, Pjaca
Absentees: Baba (fitness), Goretzka (foot), Teuchert (knee)
Mainz- No Bundesliga titles
Schalke- 7 Bundesliga Titles, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1958
Head 2 Head- 25 meetings in official matches
Mainz- 6 wins
Schalke- 12 wins
Mainz – Quaison, Muto
Schalke – Bentaleb, Burgstaller, Pjaca
Some key stats:
- For the first time this season, Mainz have put together a decent run of form after going three-game unbeaten heading into this match.
- Schalke have won 12 times in Bundesliga this season, one more than they managed to win in the entire last season.
- Schalke and Mainz have a remarkable contrasting record in one aspect- Schalke have scored 18 from dead-ball situations while Mainz have conceded 18 from the dead ball situations.
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Considering Schalke’s imperious form we are backing the Royal Blues to come away with all three points from the Opel Arena.
NOTE: THIS MAZ VS SCH MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.
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