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The Bundesliga 1 meeting at The MEWA Arena on Saturday sees home side Mainz welcome opponents VfL Bochum.
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Mainz will be looking for an improved result here following the 1-2 Bundesliga 1 defeat in their last game at the hands of Borussia Dortmund.
In that game, Mainz managed 38% possession and 10 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for Mainz was Jae-sung Lee (2'). At the other end, Borussia Dortmund had 12 shots at goal with 6 on target. Julian Ryerson (4') and Giovanni Reyna (93') scored for Borussia Dortmund.
It has been all too rare in recent times where Mainz have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Mainz have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 14 goals during that time. That sort of pattern might not be sustained here, however.
Looking at their past form shows that Mainz:
- have not lost a league tie with VfL Bochum in their last 2 matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 3 matches in the league.
After a loss in their previous game against Bayer Leverkusen in Bundesliga 1 competition, VfL Bochum and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, VfL Bochum had 43% possession and 10 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. Bayer Leverkusen got 11 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Edmond Tapsoba (8') and Adam Hložek (53') scored for Bayer Leverkusen.
The numbers tell their own story, and VfL Bochum have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 11 goals in all. In defence, VfL Bochum have seen their frailties exposed.
Ahead of this meeting, VfL Bochum haven't beaten Mainz in games played away from home for the previous 5 matches in the league. They'll be keen to stop this run.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings dating back to 20/02/2010, both clubs have shared the honours with Mainz winning 2 of those games, VfL Bochum 2 and 2 being drawn after 90 minutes of play.
An aggregate of 14 goals were scored between them in these games, with 6 of them from Mainz and 8 netted by Bochum. The average goals per game has been 2.33.
The last league game between these clubs was Bundesliga 1 match day 1 on 06/08/2022 which finished with the scoreline of VfL Bochum 1-2 Mainz.
That time, VfL Bochum managed 60% possession and 15 shots at goal with 3 on target. The scorer was Kevin Stöger (39').
For their opponents, Mainz had 13 shots at goal with 6 on target. Karim Onisiwo (26', 77') scored.
The match was refereed by Felix Zwayer.
Team News: Mainz
Marlon Mustapha (Surgery), Jonathan Burkardt (Knee Surgery), Robin Zentner (Back trouble) and Delano Burgzorg (Distortion of the ankle) won’t be available for Mainz manager Bo Svensson.
Team News: VfL Bochum
VfL Bochum boss Thomas Letsch has to currently contend with reduced team options. Paul Grave (Shoulder Injury) and Cristian Gamboa (Medial Collateral Ligament Knee Injury) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
In our opinion, Mainz will probably get the goals that they need when they line up against VfL Bochum, who may well struggle to break down their defence.
Our tip is for a controlled 2-0 margin for Mainz after 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The MEWA Arena (33,305)
Captain: Silvan Widmer
Chairman: Stefan Hofmann
Manager: Bo Svensson
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 12, DFB-Pokal (Third Round)
⭐ Key Player: Karim Onisiwo
Customarily taking to the field in the Striker position, Karim Onisiwo was born in Vienna, Austria. After making a first senior appearance for SV Mattersburg in the 2014 - 2015 season, the skilful Forward has got 4 league goals in this Bundesliga 2022 - 2023 season so far in 16 appearances.