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Mainz vs Hoffenheim Match Preview and Betting Tips

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Seventh placed Hoffenheim will travel to the Opel Arena this Saturday as they lock horns with a Mainz side fighting to beat the drop.

Die Kraichgauer who still nurse European ambitions will be looking to record a second straight win for the first time since February.

Mainz meanwhile will be looking for their first win in four games having gone four games without a win. Die Nullfünfer have been languishing in the bottom of the table all season and will be looking to build on their performance last time after battling out a draw away to Union Berlin.

Team News

Coach    Achim Beierlorzer will be without goalkeeper Robin Zenthner, while Stefan Bell remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

For Hoffenheim, defender Benjamin Hubner will be unavailable after picking up a red card for two bookable offences in their last game against Koln. Konstantinos Stafylidis, Andrej Kramaric, Sargis Adamyan and Ishak Belfodil remain out with injuries.

Head-to-Head

Mainz enjoy a superior head-to-head in the last three games having won two and drawn one including a 5:1 win in the reverse fixture this season. But over five games, both teams have two wins apiece sandwiched between a 1:1 draw with no clean sheets in that same period.

Team Form

Mainz last five games in all competition: DLDDW

Hoffenheim last five games in all competition: WDLDL

Betting Preview

Mainz have suffered a poor run of form winning just one in their last seven Bundesliga matches (D4, L2).

They boast the league’s worst defence having conceded 61 goals in 28 games. They likewise have the divisions third worst home record, having won just four of their home matches (D2, L8).

The home side has netted just 37 goals in 28 matches this season, bringing their tally to an average 1.08 goals per game.

With only two clean sheets to their name this season, Mainz will be wary of facing a Hoffenheim side who despite not scoring much, have scored 39 goals this season.

Alfred Schreuder’s men hold an impressive record on the road having tasted defeat only three times in thirteen away meetings (W5, D5). Away from home, they also hold an impressive defensive record having conceded 1.0 goal on average away from home in the league this season.

Their away games are often low-scoring encounters as witnessed by the fact that fixtures involving them away from home average 2.31 goals per game this season. On the road, the visitors also have a habit of not scoring before the break as evidenced by the fact that 76.92% of their away goals have come after the break a league-high.

Meanwhile, going by the H2H record of this fixture, we can expect a flurry of goals as the last ten top-flight meetings between both sides have featured over 2.5 goals.  

Suggested Bets

Away team to win @ 11/8

Under 2.5 Goals @ 8/5

Both Teams to Score/Yes @ 4/9

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