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The Bundesliga 1 game at Vonovia Ruhrstadion on Saturday will see home side VfL Bochum take to the field against Mainz.
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VfL Bochum are hoping to win again after their last result, a 0-3 DFB-Pokal triumph over Viktoria Berlin.
For VfL Bochum, the scorers were Simon Zoller (18'), Takuma Asano (22') and Philipp Hofmann (65').
Fixtures featuring VfL Bochum have tended to be engaging affairs of late with a lot of goalmouth action anticipated. Over their past 6 games, the sum of 23 goals have gone in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.83 goals per game) with 11 of those coming from VfL Bochum. We will have to find out if that trend will be sustained in this game.
Mainz will go into this meeting following on from a 0-3 DFB-Pokal win versus Erzgebirge Aue in their last game.
In that game, Mainz had 55% possession and 26 attempts on goal with 9 of them on target. For Mainz, goals were scored by Dominik Kohr (41'), Delano Burgzorg (70') and Marcus Ingvartsen (79'). Erzgebirge Aue had 5 attempts on goal with 0 on target.
In a total of 5 of the previous 6 games featuring Mainz, at least three goals have been struck. The average goals scored per match in that spell is 3.17, with the number of goals averaged by Mainz coming out as 1.67.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings stretching back to 19/09/2009, there is nothing to separate the two clubs with VfL Bochum winning 2 of those games, Mainz 2 and 2 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
A combined total of 16 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 9 of them for Bochum and 7 being from Mainz. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.67.
Team News: VfL Bochum
Looking at personnel, there is just a single fitness concern for the VfL Bochum boss Thomas Reis to be concerned with from a near full-strength set of players. Danilo Soares (Hip problems) will miss out.
It’s our opinion that Bochum should go for a 4-2-3-1 system for this game featuring Manuel Riemann, Cristian Gamboa, V. Lambropoulos, Ivan Ordets, K. Stafylidis, Kevin Stoeger, Anthony Losilla, Simon Zoller, Takuma Asano, Gerrit Holtmann and Philipp Hofmann.
Team News: Mainz
Thanks to a completely healthy squad ready to go, the Mainz manager Bo Svensson does not have any fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this game.
There’s a good chance that Mainz seem most likely to begin the game with a 3-2-3-2 lineup by sending out Robin Zentner, Stefan Bell, Alexander Hack, Maxim Leitsch, Silvan Widmer, Aaron Caricol, Dominik Kohr, Anton Stach, Jae-Sung Lee, Karim Onisiwo and Jonathan Burkardt.
In our view, VfL Bochum will have a tough ask to breach the defence of this Mainz side who we reckon will score at least once to put them ahead.
We’re going for a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 victory for Mainz at the end of this one.
A close call.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Vonovia Ruhrstadion (27,599)
Captain: Anthony Losilla
Chairman: Hans-Peter Villis
Manager: Thomas Reis
Competitions: DFB-Pokal (First Round)