Preview - Mainz 05 vs Borussia Moenchengladbach 02 April 2018

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Mar 31, 2018, 04:40 AM Last Edit: Mar 31, 2018, 06:19 AM by Harry85
Match Day 28
Mainz 05 vs Borussia Moenchengladbach
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
01:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Opel Arena

Mainz 05: 
Last five matches form: W D D L L
Average goals per match: 1.1
Average goals against per match: 1.7
Top Scorer: Yoshinori Muto (7)

Borussia Moenchengladbach:
Last five matches form: L W D L D
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.6
Top Scorer: Raffael and Thorgan Hazard (7)

All games are big when you are in the bottom three as Mainz 05 are. Sandro Schwarz's men's latest attempt to escape the relegation spots comes when they host a slumping Borussia Moenchengladbach side this weekend

Borussia Moenchengladbach had looked legitimate European contenders for the bulk of the opening half of the season. A run of seven defeats in their last eleven outings has surely ended any hopes of a top six finish now though. That sharp downturn in form has in large part been due to a seemingly ever-expanding injury list. Things don't seem to be getting any easier on that front with no fewer than eight players confirmed as being out for this match.

Mainz though have been equally poor of late, losing six of their last nine and plunging to third bottom in the table. Level on points with Wolfsburg they have time to extricate themselves from this position, but do need to start picking up some points soon. They may be without centre back Abdou Diallo here.

Its never easy to predict a game between two sides so badly out of form as this. Mainz 05's greater need for the points, combined with the fact that Moenchengladbach have failed to even score in five of their last seven away games may just sway things in the home teams favour. Take Mainz for a narrow success.

Prediction: Mainz 05 1 - 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 14 - 11
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 6
Possession: 45% - 55%

This was not an eventful encounter at the Opel Arena. Nothing to report in terms of goals and just the one card issued in the game. Referee Manuel Graefe showing yellow to Moenchengladbach's Christoph Kramer in the ninetieth minute.

Overall a draw was probably just about the right result here. The visitors having the greater share of possession, but Mainz looking the more dangerous overall.

Very little to report from a tepid opening period with Mainz being restricted to efforts from range and Moenchengladbach failing to register a single shot on target.

It was Mainz who came closest to taking the lead in the second half. Pablo De Blasis finding himself with an excellent opportunity in the 49th minute but Yann Sommer proving up to his effort.

In the 66th minute Mainz went even closer. Alexander Hack finding only the crossbar with his header when well placed to do better.

Having come so close to going behind, Borussia seemed to spring into life. Thorgen Hazard beginning to look menacing and Lars Stindl drawing a solid save from Rene Adler in the 73rd minute.

Borussia very nearly nicked it in stoppage time. Patrick Herman the man denied by an inspired Rene Adler this time. 0-0 it remained.

A point wasn't enough to see Mainz escape the relegation zone. They remain third bottom but are at least now once again level on points with fourth bottom Wolfsburg, in what is looking like being a tight two way battle between now and the end of the season.

Tenth at the start of play, Borussia Moenchengladbach move up to ninth, but are still eight points adrift of the European positions.

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