Preview - Bayern Munich vs Mainz 05 18 March 19

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Match Day 26
Bayern Munich vs. Mainz 05
Monday, March 18th 2019
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.48
Average goals against per match: 1.08
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (17)

Mainz 05:
Last five matches form: L L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.08
Average goals against per match: 1.56
Top Scorer: Jean-Philippe Mateta (7)

Borussia Dortmund did their bit on Match Day 26 in the Bundesliga - but only just - with a last gasp win at Hertha Berlin. Now it's over to Bayern Munich in the race for the title. Next up for the defending Champions its what should really be a routine home win over 13th placed Mainz.

Bayern do arrive on the back of a disappointing week having been dumped out of the Champion's League in front of their own fans by Liverpool. Will they be able to regain their focus in time for this?

Bayern won the reverse of this fixture when coming away from Mainz with a 2-1 win earlier in the season. Mainz were no match for Bayern in this game last season which ended in a 4-0 success for the home side.

Corentin Tolisso and Arjen Robben are out injured for the home side. Mainz must do without Philipp Mwene, Gerrit Holtmann, René Adler and Emil Berggreen.

Bayern Munich are well over their early season troubles in the league now. Nico Kovacs men have won their past six here, scoring eighteen and conceding only two.

Mainz do have a gap of ten points back to the relegation places so won't be feeling any acute pressure just yet. They have won three of 12 on the road, at Freiburg, Fortuna Düsseldorf and Stuttgart, but are looking to avoid a fourth defeat on the spin here.

Bayern appear to have their eyes firmly on the Bundesliga title now, and whilst that defeat to Liverpool may have jolted their momentum, they should still have way too much here.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 4 - 1 Mainz 05


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 4 - 3
Shots:  22 - 7
Shots on target: 11 - 1
Corner Kicks: 13 - 2
Possession: 70% - 30%

Just the one booking at the Allianz Arena with referee Frank Willenborg taking the name of Niklas Sule of Bayern.

That's 13 wins in 14 for Bayern in the Bundesliga now as they ran riot in front of their own fans, seemingly taking the frustration of their Champion's League exit out on a bewildered Mainz side.

The opener arrived in just the third minute. David Alaba crossing towards the near post from the left-hand side. Robert Lewandowski finishing with an excellent flick into the left-hand side from the left corner of the six-yard box.

Bayern doubled their advantage on 33 minutes. A ball into the area being chested down into the path of James Rodriguez by Leon Goretzka. Rodriguez finishing into the bottom right from around 12 yards.

Six minutes later this one really was all over. Kingsley Coman attacking down the left, cutting inside onto his right foot and rifling into the bottom right from around twenty yards out to the left-hand side. 3-0 at the break.

Bayern carried on where they left off in the second half, adding a fourth goal in the 51st minute. Rodriguez again, this time drifting across the edge of the 18-yard box from the right and finding space to fire an effort into the bottom left.

Four minutes later Rodriguez had his hattrick. Muller blocking an attempted clearance on the edge of the area and the ball falling for the Colombian who beat the keeper with a dinked effort into the right hand side from around ten yards out in the right of the area.

Time for one more and it came in the 70th minute.  Lewandowski breaking into the area and cutting inside only to be foiled by the legs of keeper Florian Muller. The rebound fell straight to Alphonso Davies though who finished high on the volley. 6-0 final score.

Bayern stay top, level on points with Borussia Dortmund, but now with a seven better goal difference. Mainz slip to 13th.

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