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Feb 03, 2018, 01:17 AM Last Edit: Feb 04, 2018, 12:39 PM by aaguerra90
Match Day 21
Mainz vs Bayern Munich
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
10:30 pm
Stadium: Opel Arena

Mainz:
Last six matches: L D W L W
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.8
Top Scorer: Yoshinori Muto (6)

Bayern Munich:
Last six matches: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.5
Average goals against per match: 0.8
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (18 )

Two clubs with very different fates. Bayern Munich are the runaway Bundesliga leaders once again. While Mainz are one place above the relegation zone. Only three points separate Mainz from Werder Bremen and the relegation zone, so they are forced to string together some wins in order to avoid relegation.

Mainz have only won five games so far, and their play has been underwhelming. Their defending has been dreadful and have given up a Budesliga-worst 35 goals in 20 games. Not even last-placed Cologne has given up that many goals. Mainz have conceded at least two goals in each of their last eight games. On the bright side, all of their wins have come on home soil, so that works in their favor.

Bayern Munich are flying high. They have won six straight and have dominated their competition. Bayern have scored at least three goals in each of their last three games. Bayern Munich should settle this game early with their powerful attack. Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller will pick apart Mainz' weak back line.

In the first round, Bayern defeated Mainz 4-0, but it could have been more. Possession favored Bayern 65% to Mainz' 35%. This match should be no different.

Prediction: Mainz 2-4 Bayern Munich

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Half Time: 0:2
Full Time: 0:2
Shots: 11:10
Shots on target: 4:6
Corner Kicks: 3:5
Possession: 43:57

What was supposed to be a one sided affair ended up being a pretty even match. Bayern Munich started the match with Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski on the bench, and their play was lacking without their two stars.

The first 30 minutes were back and forth. Even though Bayern held most of the possession, Mainz saw their fair share of opportunities and even managed to trouble goalkeeper Sven Ulreich on a couple of occasions.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 33rd minute. Off a corner kick for Bayern Munich, a Mainz defender headed a ball away to the top of the box in an attempt to clear the danger. However, it managed to find Franck Ribery lurking in the area. The Frenchman volleyed the clearance straight into the bottom right corner of the net. It was a wonderful strike from Ribery.

Bayern now had wind in their sails and started to completely take over the match. Thomas Müller found himself in a one on one situation with the goalkeeper but had the ball poked away from behind by a defender and then cleared to the sideline.

From the ensuing throw-in, Corentin Tolisso received the ball and crossed it into the area. James Rodriguez controlled the ball with his chest and released a vicious volley that the goalkeeper could do nothing about. Another great goal from Bayern Munich.

The second half saw Mainz press Bayern more and see a couple of chances. Robin Quaison had a great effort thwarted by Ulreich in the 53rd minute.

Robert Lewandowski was sent on for Sandro Wagner, but in reality he wasn't needed. The 2-0 result would have been enough for Bayern to hold on to the victory.

In the 70th minute Muller was through once again with only the goalkeeper to beat but somehow he missed the target.

Mainz drop into the relegation playoff spot after being jumped by Werder Bremen, who are now in the safety zone. It will be an interesting battle between those two sides for the remainder of the season.

Bayern Munich now have 53 points from 21 matches and lead second placed Bayer Leverkusen by 12 points. Everything indicates that they will once again be crowned Bundeliga champions.

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