Preview - Mainz 05 vs Bayern Munich 01 February 20

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Match Day 20
Mainz 05 vs. Bayern Munich
Saturday, February 1st 2020
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)

Mainz 05:
Last five matches form: L W L L L
Average goals per match: 1.42
Average goals against per match: 2.32
Top Scorer: Robin Quaison ( 8 )

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.89
Average goals against per match: 1.16
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (21)

It's a big one at the OPEL ARENA on Match Day 20 in the Bundesliga in a game which has implications at both ends of the table.

Fourth bottom and only one point above the relegation zone, it is avoidance of the dreaded drop which is the main prerogative for hosts Mainz.

Currently lying second and only one point adrift of leaders Leipzig, it is a successful defence of their title which is the aim for Bayern Munich.
Bayern battered Mainz 6-1 in the reverse of this fixture earlier in the season. The game here last season also resulted in a win for the champions - 2-1 the score-line on that occasion.

Stefan Bell and Edimilson Fernandes are out for the home side. Javi Martínez and Niklas Sule are expected to be absent for Bayern.

Mainz head into this having lost four of their last five in the Bundesliga. They have won three of nine at home overall, losing each of their last three here. Having scored two or more in four of their first six, they have now managed only one goal across their last 270 minutes of football in front of their own fans. They have conceded two or more in four of nine.

Bayern are flying and banging in the goals at the minute and head into this seeking a sixth successive win in the league. They haven't been perfect in wining only five of nine on the road, but when on song are tough to stop having hit three or more goals in five of nine on their travels.

On ability and current form this looks something of a mismatch, and anything other than a comfortable away success would be a surprise.

Prediction: Mainz 05 1 - 4 Bayern Munich


Half time: 1 - 3
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots: 8 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 31% - 69%

Jeremiah St Just, Jean-Paul Boetius ad Danny Latza were booked for the home side, with referee Bastian Dankert also taking the name of Leon Goretzka of Bayern Munich.

It took Bayern only eight minutes to take the lead in this one. Benjamin Pavard receiving the ball on the right-hand side and playing an excellent cross into the area. Robert Lewandowski in space around seven yards out and central and sending a bullet of a header into the right-hand side.

Six minutes later it was two. Lewandowski played in in the left of the area but being foiled by the keeper. The ball broke to Leon Goretzka to the left though, who then laid it into the path of the arriving Thomas Muller to slot home down the middle from ten yards or so.

Leandro Barreiro came close to halving the deficit with an excellent volleyed effort from the edge of the area which came back off the right hand upright.

And then in the 26th minute this one was as good as over. Wonderful goal from Thiago. Receiving the ball around 30 yards out, he beat one man moving to the left before bursting between two more and firing into the bottom right corner from eight yards or so.

Mainz did give themselves some hope when pulling one back in the final minute of the opening period. Daniel Brosinski playing in the corner from the right and Jeremiah St. Juste getting up to meet it around nine yards out and central. The full-backs header taking a huge deflection to wrongfoot the keeper and drop into the right-hand side. 1-3 at the break.

The second half was a significantly tighter affair, with both sides mainly being restricted to efforts from range. 1-3 final score.

Rock solid win for Bayern with the three points being enough to move them two points clear at the top of the table ahead of RB Leipzig's game later in the weekend. Mainz remain fourth bottom and one point clear of the drop.

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