The Bundesliga 1 match at Opel Arena on Tuesday will see home side Mainz up against VfL Wolfsburg.
Our Mainz v VfL Wolfsburg tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below - along with the latest match odds.
Mainz will be hoping to return to winning ways here following the 0-2 Bundesliga 1 defeat last time out to Eintracht Frankfurt.
In that match, Mainz managed 39% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Eintracht Frankfurt got 13 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. André Silva (24', 72') scored for Eintracht Frankfurt.
Mainz have struggled with their forward play of late. Their goals record equals just 4 versus opposing sides over the course of their previous six fixtures. In those meetings, Mainz have also seen the number of goals that have gone against them come to 11. We will have to find out if that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
In their previous game, VfL Wolfsburg drew 2-2 in the Bundesliga 1 match with Union Berlin.
In that match, VfL Wolfsburg had 53% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. For VfL Wolfsburg, goals were scored by Renato Steffen (10') and Wout Weghorst (65'). 1. FC Union Berlin had 13 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Sheraldo Becker (29') and Robert Andrich (52') scored for Union Berlin.
Oliver Glasner's VfL Wolfsburg have had reason to celebrate scoring 10 times in the course of their latest 6 matches. The overall goals that they have conceded during the equivalent period adds up to 7.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 30/09/2017 shows that Mainz have won 0 of them & VfL Wolfsburg 3, with the tally of drawn results standing at 3.
12 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 2 of them for Mainz and 10 created by Wolfsburg. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.
The last league clash between the two was Bundesliga 1 match day 23 on 23/02/2020 when it ended VfL Wolfsburg 4-0 Mainz.
In that game, VfL Wolfsburg had 56% possession and 17 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Goals were scored by Josip Brekalo (21'), Renato Steffen (45', 68') and Yannick Gerhardt (49').
Mainz got 17 shots at goal with 3 on target.
The referee was Benjamin Cortus.
Team News: Mainz
There’s just the lone fitness concern for the Mainz boss Bo Svensson to contend with from an otherwise fully-primed group of players. Pierre Kunde Malong (Knee Surgery) is out of contention.
Team News: VfL Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg boss Oliver Glasner has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Maximilian Philipp (Quarantine) and Jérôme Roussillon (Fitness) can’t be considered.
Our feeling is that Mainz will have their work cut out to register a score against this VfL Wolfsburg lineup who we think should be able to grind out a win.
We’re therefore anticipating a narrow 0-1 win for VfL Wolfsburg at the end of this one.
Expecting it to be tight.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Opel Arena (34,034)
Captain: Danny Latza
Chairman: Stefan Hofmann
Manager: Bo Svensson
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 18
🔑 Star Player: Jean-Philippe Mateta
Regularly deployed in the Striker position, Jean-Philippe Mateta was born in France. Having played his first senior match for Lyon in the 2016 - 2017 season, the skilful Forward has struck 7 league goals in this Bundesliga 1 2020 - 2021 season to date in 15 appearances.