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Mainz vs. RB Leipzig Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

20 May 2020

Sunday 24 May

Opel Arena – Bundesliga

Timo Werner celebrates scoring against Mainz in November Source:Filip Singer/Shutterstock

Top five hopefuls RB Leipzig travel to Mainz on Sunday, with both clubs having drawn their first game since Bundesliga resumption. The last time the teams met, it ended in a rout for the Red Bulls.

Past Meetings

Leipzig won by the biggest margin of the season when the side last met, by eight goals to nil, including a Timo Werner hattrick and strikes from each full-back.

Team News

Mainz remain without first-choice goalkeeper Robin Zentner though injury, although Florian Muller impressed against Koln despite conceding twice.

Leipzig have no injury concerns, but manager Julian Nagelsman may look to make changes to the side that failed to break Freiberg down last weekend. Patrik Schick will hope to start, whilst new boy Dani Olmo may be an option.

Mainz vs. RB Leipzig Predictions, Preview and Predictions

Despite both taking one point from last weekend’s games, Mainz will be far happier than this weekend’s opponents RB Leipzig. They go into the fixture at 6.10 for the victory, with the away side at 1.46 and the draw at 5.05.

Die Nullfünfer sit just one place outside the relegation playoff zone and the draw against mid-table FC Koln takes them one step closer to survival. With two wins and three draws from their last six games, Mainz are looking increasingly like a team to avoid, and are now within touching distance of the top half of the table, following a poor start to the season.

Leipzig on the other hand, will have considered Saturday’s draw to Freiberg as two points lost, although they were in fact behind for a long spell of the game. RBL may have had over 65% possession and taken nearly four times more shots than their opponents, but were unable to break down the team that sit 14 points below them in the table.

With just seven points between the Bundesliga’s top four, Nagelsmann can’t afford to drop any further points, but may well see the same frustrations against Mainz that he did against Freiberg. Deep lying teams offer Poulson and Werner little space to run in behind, and Die Rotten Bullen are without a target man to offer a different approach.

If Mainz score early through the prolific Robin Quaison, RBL may have a sense of déjà vu this weekend.  

Recommended Bets

Both teams to score at 1.62

Leipzig may have dominated last time they played, but looked shaky at the back last weekend.

Over 2.5 goals at 1.44

Leipzig may not have been at their best last week, but will be full of confidence having thrashed Mainz earlier in the season.

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