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FSV Mainz 05 VS Bayer Leverkusen, go for guests

GER D1FSV Mainz 05 VS Bayer Leverkusen, go for guests

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Posted Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:44:09 GMT        

Match Time: 10/17/2020 21:30 Saturday(GMT+8)

German Bundesliga -- FSV Mainz 05 VS Bayer Leverkusen

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Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen will both compete for their first win of the 2020-21 Bundesliga season at the Opel Arena on Saturday.

 

Match preview

It has certainly been a tumultuous beginning to the new season for Mainz, with an opening day loss to RB Leipzig followed up by the club's playing staff choosing to go on strike after forward Adam Szalai was forced to train away from the first team.

 

Manager Achim Beierlorzer was subsequently sacked after the disastrous 4-1 home defeat to newly-promoted side Stuttgart, with interim coach Jan-Moritz Lichte not exactly making a strong case for the job on a full-time basis in his first game in charge in the equally-dismal 4-0 loss at Union Berlin prior to the international break.

 

As a bare minimum against Leverkusen, Die Nullfunfer fans will be expecting to see passion and commitment on display, especially as they know the players are capable of doing so after only narrowly losing both league meetings 1-0 last season.

 

Indeed, while they remain unbeaten with three draws, Leverkusen have made a slightly stuttering start to the campaign themselves having lost key forwards Kai Havertz to Chelsea and Kevin Volland to Monaco in the summer.

 

The dynamic duo both hit double figures in the league last campaign, so it is perhaps unsurprising that Peter Bosz's side are struggling for goals and creativity at present.

 

Patrik Schick did at least arrive to bolster Bosz's ranks, though, with the Czech Republic striker scoring his first goal for the club in the 1-1 draw at Stuttgart prior to the international break.

 

Having narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification last campaign, Die Werkself fans will be expecting the new season to fully get up and running with a win here given their opponent's recent struggles and general lack of quality.

 

Anything less than that could result in a mildly indifferent start being framed as something significantly worse and Bosz begin to be placed under more serious scrutiny.

 

Mainz 05 Bundesliga form: LLL

Mainz 05 form (all competitions): WLLL

 

Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga form: DDD

Bayer Leverkusen form (all competitions): WDDD

 

Team News

Moussa Niakhate will return from suspension for Mainz after missing the trip to Union Berlin, and will likely come back in for Alexander Hack in defence.

 

Stefan Bell and Edimilson Fernandes should be available again after testing positive for coronavirus more than two weeks ago, while former Sunderland forward Ji Dong-Won is reported to have recovered from a knee injury, meaning Lichte may have the luxury of a clean bill of health for this match.

 

Paulinho and Santiago Arias are long-term absentees for Leverkusen with a cruciate ligament rupture and fibula fracture respectively, while Schick will be missing for at least a couple of weeks with a torn muscle fibre.

 

Lucas Alario is in line to lead the attack in his absence, while winger Leon Bailey is also pushing for a start but is likely to appear from the bench as he has done in the last two matches.

 

Mainz 05 possible starting lineup:

Zentner; Mwene, St. Juste, Niakhate, Brosinski; Latza, Kuende; Onisiwo, Boetius, Quaison; Mateta

 

Bayer Leverkusen possible starting lineup:

Hradecky; L. Bender, S. Bender, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven; Bellarabi, Aranguiz, Wirtz, Demirbay, Diaby; Alario

 

We do not expect Mainz to be as bad defensively as they have been in recent weeks, but equally it is hard to see beyond a Leverkusen win even without Schick leading the line.

 

Both games were tight 1-0 victories for Leverkusen last season and we can see something similar here, with Mainz digging in for large spells of the game but ultimately the visitors' extra quality and class making the difference in key moments in order to pick up their first win of the campaign.

 

Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at nowgoal.com are predicting over 2.5 goals in this match.

 

1x2 Picks: Bayer Leverkusen wins

Handicap Picks: Bayer Leverkusen -1

BTTS: Yes

FSV Mainz 05 VS Bayer Leverkusen, go for guests

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