Koln vs. Mainz Betting Preview – Bundesliga, May 17
Sunday’s early game brings together two sides desperate for points — but for slightly different reasons. Koln will feel that another victory will pull it away from the relegation battle for good, while Mainz needs the win to avoid dropping any further.
Without fans, it will certainly be different in Koln’s Rhein Energie Stadion, but home field advantage could still play a part in the outcome here. You can find my Koln vs. Mainz prediction and betting pick below.
Koln vs. Mainz Odds
Koln is odds on to win this one with sportsbook BetOnline, and there are not many people that would disagree with that reading of the game. Mainz had enjoyed a slightly better time just before the break, but it has not performed well this season and would definitely seem to be the one of these two that is more likely to be involved in a scrap for survival at the bottom of the table.
Up until around the halfway point of the season, it looked as if Koln would be making a swift return to Bundesliga 2 after coming up in the summer. Just two wins in the first 14 games saw the club firmly in the relegation places and devoid of hope. But a resurgence led mainly by Jhon Cordoba has seen the Billy Goats climb up the table.
The striker scored nine goals in 12 games to boost Koln’s hopes of survival, and with hometown boy Mark Uth on loan from Schalke as well, there is a definite chance that more goals and points can be collected.
Cordoba will be facing his former club in Mainz this Sunday, so he will be especially keen to add to his already impressive goal tally. Mainz has conceded more goals than any other club outside the relegation places in the Bundesliga, so the signs are not looking good for Achim Beierlozer’s men.
Robin Quaison has been the main reason for Mainz not being any further down the table, though. The Swedish striker has 12 for the season and is fourth in the goals list behind more well-known names such as Robert Lewandowski, Timo Werner, and Jadon Sancho. He has never really been that prolific before, but he has been crucial to this Mainz team and will be heavily relied on against Koln.
Koln vs. Mainz Prediction and Pick
Koln to Win-104
If Robin Quaison can manage to sneak an early goal, then Mainz might have a chance of pulling off an invaluable victory. Those three points would go a long way to keeping a healthy points margin between the 05ers and the bottom three. But if Koln picks up where it left off in March, this should end up in a home win.
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