Mainz 05 vs Freiburg
Date: Saturday 19th November, 2016
Kick-off: 14:30 UK
Venue: OPEL ARENA, Mainz.
Mainz suffered two defeats in their last three Bundesliga games, so their confidence is a bit shaken. Playing in the Europa League took its toll, so their form declined in the recent weeks. However, they recharged during the International break and positive news is the return to trainings of Danny Latza and Yoshinori Muto, who were both out of the team for some time through injuries.
Mainz have won in each of their last two home games with 2-1 against SV Darmstadt 98 and 2-0 against Ingolstadt. They are an efficient home side, scoring at least two goals in each of their four home games played so far.
Mainz`s recent Bundesliga games were all entertaining and with many goals. Eight of their last ten Bundesliga matches had ended with at least three goals scored.
SC Freiburg have won five and lost five of their ten matches this season, and are the only team still without a draw. In the last round they were completely outplayed at home and lost with 0-3 against Wolfsburg.
SC Freiburg are too reliant on their attacking trio of Maximilian Philipp, Nils Petersen and Vincenzo Griffo. These three players have scored ten of SC Freiburg`s thirteen goals this season.
Interestingly, SC Freiburg were awful in almost all of their away matches this season. They lost in each of their opening four away games, before winning their last away match with 1-3 against Werder Bremen.
SC Freiburg`s left-back Christian Gunter received direct red card in the last match against Wolfsburg and is suspended for this game.
The Betting Verdict
Mainz have a much better record than SC Freiburg in their head to head duels, winning eight matches, drawing four and losing just twice. Mainz remained unbeaten in all of their last nine games against SC Freiburg, winning five and drawing four of those games.
Having in mind the overall form and recent tradition - Mainz look like a solid bet to win this match against SC Freiburg.
Mainz 05 vs Freiburg: Head-to-Head Stats
This will be the 26th head to head encounter between the two teams. Mainz 05 have been slightly more successful winning ten times, including the victory in the last encounter, back in April 2015. Freiburg, on the other side, have managed to claim eight victories so far, the last one dating from January 2015 when they took a narrow 1-0 win in a friendly.
Mainz 05 vs Freiburg: Prediction
It is really hard to say which of the two teams is closer to snatching three points here. The bookies have set the hosts as slight favorites because of the home court advantage, but we would rather go with the draw at the half time as the main betting pick, set at the odds of 13/10!
Mainz 05 vs Freiburg: Betting Tips
Draw at the half time at the odds of 13/10 (2.30)
Under 2.5 goals FT at 1/1 (2.00).