Mainz allayed relegation fears with a massive three points in Frankfurt last time out, and back at their homeground they should prove too strong for Augsburg.
Date: Sunday June 14
Venue: Opel Arena
Mainz ran out 2-0 winners over Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, with goals from Moussa Niakhate and Pierre-Kunde Malong handing them their first win away from home since February 8th.
The victory kept them three points off Fortuna Duesseldorf in the playoff spot, and a further three clear of Werder Bremen in 17th; so that’s a six-pointer to try and protect from their remaining four games.
Augsburg, meanwhile earned a late point at home to Köln last time, though it seem they have just about steered clear of serious danger of the drop with their 13th place standing.
They have won just once in their last ten games (versus Schalke) but with Hoffenheim, Fortuna and Leipzig to come in that order in their last games, you will expect them to pick up that decisive victory that will rubber-stamp their survival in the top-flight for yet another season.
Manager Achim Beierlorzer may stick with the bulk of the side that got the points in Frankfurt, fitness permitting.
Ridle Baku is available again after suspension.
While Robin Zentner who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury is the only absentee, Stefan Bell is available again after seven months out with an ankle injury.
For Augsburg, Simon Asta is already ruled out of the season with an ACL tear.
Jeffrey Gouweleeuw is available for selection after suspension.
Alfred Finnbogason is nearing a return from his knee injury.
Head to Head
In 18 competitive previous meetings, both sides have eight wins each, while two games have ended as draws.
Augsburg have won all of the last three.
Mainz last five competitive games: DLDLW
Augsburg last five competitive games: LWDLD
Mainz particularly still have a big task on their hands in the battle to stay up. The win last time out though sets them up nicely for this one, and a punter could even be tempted to back them. But they have their frailties and it will be better to take precautions when going with them. On that front, it is fitting to use the DNB market, which is 2/3 in their favour. They looked comfortable against Frankfurt and should be worthy of getting another narrow win at least.
Mainz striker Robin Quaison is 13/8 to score anytime. The Swedish have 12 goals already to his name this season, but have not scored in any of his last six outings. Expect him to just about break that drought here.