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Mainz head to Red Bull Arena on Saturday for the Bundesliga 1 tie with home side RB Leipzig.
All RB Leipzig v Mainz match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below - along with the latest match odds.
RB Leipzig will be looking for an improved result here after a 0-2 Bundesliga 1 defeat in their last game at the hands of Arminia Bielefeld.
In that game, RB Leipzig had 78% possession and 17 shots at goal with 4 on target. Arminia Bielefeld got 4 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Janni Serra (57') and Masaya Okugawa (75') scored for Arminia Bielefeld.
It has been all too rare in recent games that RB Leipzig have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that RB Leipzig have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 10 goals during that time.
Heading into this fixture, RB Leipzig have left without a victory over Mainz in their last 2 league games.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Eintracht Frankfurt in Bundesliga 1 action, Mainz and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Mainz managed 48% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 5 on target. For their opponents, Eintracht Frankfurt had 14 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Jesper Lindstrøm (34') was the scorer for Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bo Svensson's Mainz have seen their goal attempts be successful 10 times throughout their latest six matches. The total of goals that have been scored against them during that period equals 6.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head to head clashes stretching back to 03/05/2019 shows us that RB Leipzig have won 3 of these games and Mainz 2, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 29 in total which averages out at 4.83 goals per match.
The last league clash featuring the two was Bundesliga 1 match day 1 on 15/08/2021 when it finished Mainz 1-0 RB Leipzig.
In that game, Mainz had 28% possession and 8 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. The scorer was Moussa Niakhaté (12').
For their opponents, RB Leipzig got 13 attempts on goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Daniel Siebert.
Team News: RB Leipzig
Solomon Bonnah (Corona virus), Dani Olmo (Corona virus), André Silva (Corona virus), Marcel Halstenberg (Tear in a joint capsule), Ilaix Moriba (Corona virus), Nordi Mukiele (Corona virus), Benjamin Henrichs (Corona virus) and Emil Forsberg (Hamstring Injury) won’t be playing for RB Leipzig manager Domenico Tedesco. Ineligible players who cannot play in this game through suspension are Ilaix Moriba and Amadou Haidara.
In all likelihood, Leipzig may well use a 3-4-2-1 formation for this one with Peter Gulacsi, Mohamed Simakan, Willi Orban, Josko Gvardiol, Lukas Klostermann, Tyler Adams, Kevin Kampl, Angelino, Christopher Nkunku, Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva.
Team News: Mainz
Mainz manager Bo Svensson has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Moussa Niakhaté (Corona virus), Anderson Lucoqui (Medial Collateral Ligament Injury) and Ádám Szalai (Surgery) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
We are inclined to think that Mainz appear most likely to play in a 3-5-2 lineup, choosing Robin Zentner, Stefan Bell, Alexander Hack, David Nemeth, Silvan Widmer, Leandro Barreiro, Anton Stach, Jae-Sung Lee, Aaron Caricol, Jonathan Burkardt and Karim Onisiwo.
In our view, Mainz must be fancied to find the back of the net against this RB Leipzig outfit, however it might not be enough to avoid defeat.
Our selection here is for a narrow 2-1 victory for RB Leipzig at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Red Bull Arena (42,959)
Captain: Péter Gulácsi
Chairman: Oliver Mintzlaff
Manager: Domenico Tedesco
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 10, DFB-Pokal (Third Round), Europa League (Knockout round play-offs)
⭐ Star Man: André Silva
Regularly used in the Striker position, André Silva was born in Baguim do Monte, Portugal. Having made his senior debut playing for Porto in the 2015 - 2016 season, the accomplished Forward has netted 5 league goals in the Bundesliga 2021 - 2022 season to date from a total of 17 appearances.