Mainz take on the visitors Hertha Berlin in the round 7 match of German Bundesliga. The match will be played on Friday, September 16th at Mewa Arena (Mainz).
Mainz remain to be a modest side of German football. “Carnival” last season, under Bo Svensson, even claimed a pass to European competition. But in the end, they lost this dispute, finishing in 8th place. It turned out to be worthy and the new season started: a calm passage of the Erzgebirge in the cup, 7 points out of 9 possible in the first rounds of the new Bundesliga. But then the results worsened, albeit with a not very simple schedule. The team lost devastatingly at the end of August at home to Bayer (0-3), and in the last round - and on the road to Hoffenheim (1-4). True, between these misfires it turned out to unexpectedly beat the Borussia in Monchengladbach.
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Hertha gradually began to gain points. The “Old Lady” degraded from an ambitious contender for European cups to the level of a fighter for survival. Last season was saved only by the fact that the “fireman” Magath managed to win the play-offs against his former team Hamburg. But at the same time, Iron Felix did not receive a full-fledged contract - instead, they relied on Sandro Schwartz. The recent mentor of Dynamo Moscow did not start in the best way, to put it mildly: the specialist made his debut from relegation from the cup after a penalty shootout with Eintracht (Braunschweig), gained only one point in the first 4 matches of the Bundesliga. But September turned out to take the long-awaited and very confident, 2-0, victory over Augsburg. But in the last round, the shootout with Bayer ended at home 2-2. However, a draw with the “aspirins” is definitely not a failure.
Mainz have not lost for 6 meetings in a row, and in this segment, they managed to win four times. "Carnival" were able to win in both matches of the last draw of the Bundesliga. Mainz are naturally regarded as the favorite of the home match. But Hertha looks good in autumn, so we choose "over 2.5 goals scored".
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.