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The Bundesliga 1 tie at Opel Arena on Saturday will see home team Mainz playing Arminia Bielefeld.
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Mainz are hoping to win again after their last result, the 1-2 Bundesliga 1 success vs Hoffenheim.
In that match, Mainz had 37% possession and 16 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. For Mainz, goals were scored by Robert Glatzel (1') and Dominik Kohr (41'). For their opponents, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim got 8 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Ihlas Bebou (39') scored for Hoffenheim.
Bo Svensson's Mainz have scored 7 times in their prior 6 outings. Conversely, the number of goals that have been scored against them in those same games amounts to 5.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of RB Leipzig in Bundesliga 1 action, Arminia Bielefeld and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Arminia Bielefeld had 18% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 0 of them on target. For their opponents, RB Leipzig got 20 attempts on goal with 8 on target. Marcel Sabitzer (46') scored for RB Leipzig.
The forward players for Arminia Bielefeld have failed to get amongst the goals over their last six games, contributing the unsatisfactory return of only 2. In those fixtures, Bielefeld have also seen the collective goal aggregate against them equal 10. We will have to find out whether or not that trend will be sustained here.
Heading into this contest, Arminia Bielefeld have not emerged victorious against Mainz when they've played them away from home in the last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head to head clashes dating back to 19/02/2005 tells us that Mainz have won 1 of them & Arminia Bielefeld 3, with the number of drawn games being 2.
9 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 3 for Mainz and 6 being from Bielefeld. That is an average goals per game value of 1.5.
The previous league game between these sides was Bundesliga 1 match day 10 on 05/12/2020 when it ended Arminia Bielefeld 2-1 Mainz.
In that game, Arminia Bielefeld had 49% possession and 12 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The goals were scored by Manuel Prietl (21') and Ritsu Dōan (31').
For their opponents, Mainz got 14 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Kevin Stöger (82') was the scorer.
The referee was Marco Fritz.
Team News: Mainz
Mainz manager Bo Svensson will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this game with a fully injury-free group available to choose from.
Team News: Arminia Bielefeld
With a fully healthy group available for selection, Arminia Bielefeld boss Frank Kramer has zero fitness worries at all coming into this game. Amos Pieper cannot play in this game through suspension.
We’re inclined to think that Arminia Bielefeld will have to play well to score against this Mainz lineup who we think will likely score at least once to put them ahead.
We’re therefore expecting a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 1-0 win for Mainz at full-time.
Let’s see how it plays out.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Opel Arena (34,034)
Captain: Danny Latza
Chairman: Stefan Hofmann
Manager: Bo Svensson
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 15
🔑 Key Man: Robin Quaison
Mostly played in the Striker position, Robin Quaison was born in Stockholm, Sweden. After having played his first senior match for AIK in the 2012 season, the dangerous Forward has bagged 3 league goals in the Bundesliga 1 2020 - 2021 season so far in a total of 22 appearances.