Preview - Mainz 05 vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf 09 March 20

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Match Day 25
Mainz 05 vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf
Monday, March 9th 2020
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)

Mainz 05:
Last five matches form: L W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.38
Average goals against per match: 2.17
Top Scorer: Robin Quaison (12)

Fortuna Düsseldorf:
Last five matches form: D D L W D
Average goals per match: 1.08
Average goals against per match: 2.04
Top Scorer: Rouwen Hennings (11)

We have a big relegation battle at the OPEL ARENA on Match Day 25 in the Bundesliga as fourth bottom Mainz 05 play host to third bottom Fortuna Düsseldorf. With four points between the sides headed into the game, Mainz have the opportunity to create a decent cushion between themselves and the bottom three. A win for Fortuna Düsseldorf on the other hand will close the gap significantly and give their survival chances a real shot in the arm.

Fortuna Düsseldorf picked up the points courtesy of a 1-0 success in the reverse fixture. Mainz won the game here last season - 3-1 the score-line on that occasion.

Mainz will be the fresher side having had the week off whereas Fortuna were in action in the cup.

Mainz beat rock bottom Paderborn in their most recent fixture, and will be hoping for more of the same against another bottom three side here. They have won four of twelve at home in the league, scoring two or more five times - but only once in their last six. They have conceded two or more five times, but have kept back to back clean sheets in their two most recent games here.

Fortuna Düsseldorf have won only two of twelve on the road in the league this season - but one of those successes did come at Freiburg in their most recent away fixture. Having scored more than once in only three of 12, goals are undoubtedly an issue.

Two pretty poor sides, but Mainz do look to boast the slight edge both in attack and at the back. They can give their survival claims a major boost with three points here.

Prediction: Mainz 05 2 - 1 Fortuna Düsseldorf


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 3 - 20
Shots on target: 1 - 5
Corner Kicks:  1 - 8
Possession: 35% - 65%

Phlipp Mwene was booked for the home side in this one, whilst Jean-Philippe Mateta was dismissed for a second yellow card in the 77th minute. Kevin Stoger of Fortuna also had his name taken by referee Soren Storks.

It must be said that Fortuna were pretty unlucky not to have come away with all three points from a statistical standpoint. Dominating possession and posting a very impressive total of twenty shots, they dominated Mainz in their own back yard - but in the end had to rely on a late equaliser to get anything out of the game at all.

The away side probably should have taken the lead early when the ball broke to Erik Thommy in the left of the area, but the forward couldn't set himself and blazed over. Home keeper Robin Zentner then had to be at his best to deny Matthias Zimmermann. Goalless at the interval.

Somewhat against the run of play it was the home side who took the lead in the 61st minute. Jean-Philippe Mateta slipped in in the left of the era and dinking nicely over the outrushing keeper. The ball looked to be dropping in but Levin Oztunali made sure - nodding home from almost on the line.

The equaliser arrived five minutes from time. Zentner and his defence getting in a right mix up as the ball game in from the right and ultimately presenting Kenan Karaman with an open goal to shoot at from six yards out to the right. Karaman wasn't about to pass that opportunity up and duly slotted home.

1-1   final score.

This was undoubtedly a better result for the home side in the scheme of things, for all that they came pretty close to winning it in the end. Mainz lie fourth bottom and still four points clear of Fortuna in the battle to avoid the drop.

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