Defending champions Bayern Munich will host Mainz at the Allianz Arena on Saturday in the Bundesliga.
Currently sixth in the table, Bayern will hope to climb up as soon as possible. Borussia Dortmund are at the top right now, and Bayern beat them to clinch the Bundesliga title last season. The Bavarians dropped points in their first game as Hertha Berlin visited the Allianz Arena. Two goals from Robert Lewandowski were needed to salvage a 2-2 draw. In the following week, they got their first win. Lewandowski was at the centre of things yet again.
The Polish striker scored a hat-trick as Bayern beat Schalke 3-0. It was a commanding performance from the defending champions. Philippe Coutinho made his debut for them against Schalke, and so did Ivan Perisic. The Brazilian has come over from Barcelona on a loan deal for one season. He was not able to impress in Spain, and Munich could be where he finds his spark again. Teammate Lewandowski is confident that Coutinho will find his feet in the Bundesliga.Embed from Getty Images
“His final pass is crazy,” said Lewandowski. “He can be the key and the x-factor in important games, especially in the Champions League. We are more unpredictable because of him; that makes us more dangerous.”
Currently, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry start in the wide positions, and Coutinho’s versatility means that he can slot in seamlessly. Joshua Kimmch started as the deepest midfielder against Schalke, as Thiago was absent due to injury. Manager Niko Kovac has great riches to use in every area of the pitch.
Meanwhile, Mainz are rooted to the bottom of the table after two games. They have lost both their matches so far. Mainz faced Freiburg in their first game, and the score was 0-0 till the 80th minute. But three late goals from Freiburg condemned Mainz to a heavy defeat. Last week they hosted Borussia Monchengladbach and lost 3-1 in the process. Robin Quaison gave them the lead in that game, but they could not defend it.Embed from Getty Images
Mainz signed Adam Szalai from Hoffenheim, which is a welcome addition to the squad. Ji Dong-Wong and Jean-Philippe Mateta are both unavailable, which means that Szalai should start against Bayern. Defender Jeremiah St. Juste will also be absent, which means Alexander Hack should continue in central defence.
The head to head record favors Bayern heavily. They have won the last four meetings between the two sides and have scored 14 goals in that time. Mainz’s previous visit to the Allianz Arena ended in a 6-0 thrashing. Their last win against Bayern came in 2016 when they claimed a 2-1 win. Since then, it has been a one-sided affair each time.
Bayern Munich vs Mainz Betting Tips
Bayern will be the heavy favorites to claim yet another win at Mainz’s expense. They should score over 2.5 goals themselves in the game. Mainz will find it hard to score themselves, and Manuel Neuer should be confident of keeping a clean sheet.