Mainz will look to get a result when they host in-form RB Leipzig at the Opel Arena in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Sandro Schwarz’s side are currently 12th in the Bundesliga league table, with 36 points from 31 games. They are safe from relegation and do not have anything much to play for. Hertha Berlin are a point ahead of them in 11th while 13th-placed SC Freiburg are 4 points behind. Thus, Mainz are reasonably secure in their league position.
In terms of accomplishing league objectives, Leipzig’s season is done as well. Ralf Rangnick’s side are 3rd in the Bundesliga table, with 64 points from 31 games. They are 5 points behind Borussia Dortmund in 2nd and 10 points clear of Eintracht Frankfurt in 4th place.
Thus, Die Roten Bullen have already qualified for next season’s UEFA Champions League and are unlikely to usurp Dortmund from the 2nd spot. While league leaders Bayern Munich are 7 points ahead with 9 points available from the remaining games, it is doubtful Leipzig can catch them up in the series.
Therefore, it is more of a case of next season’s preparations for Leipzig and an away trip to Mainz is a substantial test for Rangnick’s team.
Mainz midfielder Danny Latza missed the previous game to attend the birth of his child and is expected to return for the tie. Right-back Giulio Donati is a doubt with a muscular injury while Rene Adler and Philipp Mwene are out for this game.
Coming to the visitors, Rangnick does not have any new injury concerns. Dayot Upamecano and Yvon Mvogo are expected to miss out while Tyler Adams could make a return to the match-day squad.
Mainz vs RB Leipzig Prediction
Form ultimately favors the visitors with Leipzig undefeated in their last 16 games across all competitions. This run includes winning their last six games in the Bundesliga as well as their previous seven away games in the same.
Even the head-to-head favors the visitors with Leipzig winning 3 of the last four meetings between the sides. While Mainz have lost their last seven games on the road, they have won 3 of their last four games at home.
Thus, Leipzig are the red-hot team in the Bundesliga at the moment. Both form and head-to-head favor Rangnick’s side and coupled with Mainz’s mixed form, the visitors should pick up a comfortable victory in this game.
Predicted Mainz XI: Müller; Donati, Hack, Niakhate, Martin; Gbamin, Latza; Onisiwo, Boetius, Quaison; Mateta
Predicted Leipzig XI: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Orban, Konate; Kampl; Laimer, Sabitzer, Forsberg, Halstenberg; Poulsen, Werner
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