Preview - Mainz 05 vs Hannover 96 09 December 18

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Match Day 14
Mainz 05 vs. Hannover 96
Sunday, December 9th 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Opel Arena

Mainz 05: 
Last five matches form: L W W L W
Average goals per match: 0.92
Average goals against per match: 1.08
Top Scorer: Jean-Philippe Mateta (4)

Hannover 96:
Last five matches form: L L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.15
Average goals against per match: 2.15
Top Scorer: Ihlas Bebou & Bobby Wood (3)

Struggling Hannover have just one side beneath them in the Bundesliga standings heading into Match Day 14. It's still pretty congested down at the bottom though, and a run of decent results would soon have them up closer to mid-table. Mid-table is precisely where this weeks opposition lie, as Hannover travel to the Opel Arena to take on Mainz.

Hannover actually did the double over Mainz last season, winning this game 1-0 and coming out on top 3-2 at home.

Both sides have their injury problems headed into this one. Mainz must do without Ridle Baku, Philipp Mwene, Florian Müller, Emil Berggreen and René Adler. Tomi Hübers, Felipe, Edgar Prib and joint top scorer Ihlas Bebou all miss out for Hannover.

Mainz started well at home, winning their first two fixtures here in the Bundesliga. They have now only won one of their past five. Their only two defeats have come against Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

Hanover's dire form in the league has been going on for a while now. They head into this game having won only two of their past 17. Both teams have scored in eight of Hannover's last nine games in the league.

This looks a tough one for Hannover who haven't been showing enough lately to suggest they can get anything out of the game.

Prediction: Mainz 05 3 - 1 Hannover 96


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  24 - 10
Shots on target: 10 - 3
Corner Kicks: 9 - 1
Possession: 70% - 30%

Kevin Wimmer was booked for the away side in this one, with Hannover also having Oliver Sorg dismissed for a second bookable offence in the closing stages. Referee Robert Hartmann also took the names of Dany Latza, Jean-Paul Boetius, Stefan Bel and Anthony Ujah of Mainz 05.

Given the stats they put up here, Mainz did more than enough to win the game, utterly dominant in the possession, total shots and shots on target stats, they did manage to erase an early deficit but couldn't quite complete the turnaround to pick up the three points.

Hannover had already squandered a decent chance to take the lead -Hendrik Weydant blazing wide when well placed in the area - prior to taking the lead in the 12th minute. It was Weydant who made amends for his earlier miss when getting on the end of a deflected Genki Haraguchi cross from the right to volley home from around five yards.

That goal seemed to wake the home side from their early game slumber and it was just about all Mainz from there on in. 0-1 at the break though

Mainz continued to pour it on after the break. Danny Latza rattling the post from twenty yards. Hannover only sporadically looking dangerous on the break.

When the equaliser finally did arrive in the 89th minute, it looked to be fairly fortuitous. Matthias Ostrzolek deemed to have brought down Jean-Philippe Mateta in the area. Very harsh but the referee pointed to the spot. Daniel Brosinski stepping up to slot into the bottom left.

Still time for more drama. Anthony Ujah heading home really well in the seventh minute of stoppage time to spark wild scenes amongst the home fans and players, only for his effort to be chalked off for offside. 1-1 final score.

Undoubtedly two points dropped for Mainz against their relegation threatened opponents. They stay tenth. Any point on the road is a good one when you are in Hannover's position. They nevertheless remain second bottom and two points adrift of safety.

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