Mainz take on the visitors Schalke at “Opel Arena” in the round 26 of the German Bundesliga. The match will be played on Friday, March 9th.
Mainz have not been defeated across three recent clashes, having gained one victory and two draws in them. The side desperately fights for saving their place in the German elite division for the next season, sitting now on the 16th position in the table. Last weekend the team has not failed due to a real miracle and the efforts of the young goal keeper. “Karnevalsverein” has tremendously tough schedule at the end of the season as with the exception of Schalke Mainz will have to compete against Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Monchengladbach, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund which makes every point earned extremely valuable.
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Meanwhile, Schalke followed a defeat from Bayern Munich with three-game winning streak, beating Hoffenheim, Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin during that series. That lucky run together with the rivals’ failures allowed Domenico Tedesco’s side to get back to the second place in the Bundesliga standings. However, “Die Knappen” do not leave favourable impressions with their performance, making too little goal attempts during the clashes. For instance, in the previous gameweek “Die Konigsblauen” deserved 1:0 victory by using their single goal possibility.
I presume that first of all both sides will focus on their defense in the upcoming head-to-head. As usual Schalke will not play in open football, preferring to wait for the opponent’s mistakes while Mainz will try to rule the game. Besides, a draw against the top-four representative will be considered a quite decent result.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.