Mainz take on the visitors Union Berlin in the round 18 match of German Bundesliga. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 7th at Mewa Arena (Mainz).
For the second round in a row, bookmakers believe in Mainz more than in its opponent, as the team is playing at home again. A similar situation occurred in the previous round when the Carnival Club hosted Werder. But predictably, Bremen did not leave without points and even managed to win - scoring a goal in the second minute, conceding possession entirely to the opponent, but still holding onto a 1-0 lead. I strongly doubt that Mainz will succeed in winning this match either. Their sensational victory over Leipzig in early November remains the only one for the team in 19 league matches. Teams that win so rarely simply have no place in the Bundesliga. And while Mainz confidently moves towards relegation, occupying the second-to-last position in the table.
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Union was recently also in the relegation zone, as the capital boys completely failed the first part of the championship. But at the end of the calendar year, the Berliners started to climb up. They defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach (3-1), Cologne (2-0), and in January secured a victory over Darmstadt (1-0). However, Die Eisernen are currently mainly earning points in home matches. After a goalless draw in Freiburg, the team lost twice away from home. But both times to top opponents - Bayern Munich (0-1) and Leipzig (0-2). Mainz are still a team of a slightly different level. In a battle with them, you can fight for points even away from home. Which is most likely what the players from the capital will do.
In this match, I venture to suggest that the visitors will not lose at least. Both teams are currently disappointing their fans, but Union have already started to gradually win and climb the table, leaving the relegation zone and surpassing the hosts of the upcoming match by six points. Mainz, on the other hand, has only one victory in 19 league matches, which is laughable. Finally, I would like to note that Union are a very uncomfortable opponent for Mainz: in the last five head-to-head matches, Union have four wins plus a draw. And in the 10 meetings since the capital team appeared in the Bundesliga, Mainz have only managed to beat them once.
Prediction for the match: Union Berlin not to lose (X2).