Mainz vs. Schalke – Bundesliga, November 7, 2020
The German Bundesliga continues with Matchday 7 over the weekend, and Saturday’s slate is full of exciting matchups including the clash between Mainz and Schalke.
Although both these teams have struggled mightily so far, their Saturday’s showdown at Opel Arena in Mainz will be a joy to watch. They will be fired up to finally grab their first victory of the season, while the hosts will search for their first point in this Bundesliga campaign.
Therefore, I bring you all need-to-know betting tips and trends along with my best Mainz vs. Schalke betting pick.
Mainz vs. Schalke Odds
When two bad teams take on each other, it’s hard to say who’s a fave to win all three points. According to Bovada.lv, the hosts are slight favorites, but this game could easily go either way.
Mainz is sitting bottom of the Bundesliga standings without a single point, while Schalke is right above the 05ers with a couple of points from its first six games.
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The 05ers desperately need to break out of their funk, riding a six-game losing streak. Mainz has allowed 18 goals while scoring five in a return, and in their three showings at home, the 05ers tallied a 3:8 goal difference.
They are coming off a 3-1 defeat at Augsburg this past weekend. The 05ers looked well on the pitch for 80 minutes, but then, they allowed a couple of goals, showing some serious defensive flaws once again.
Striker Jean-Philippe Mateta is Mainz’s best player this term, scoring six goals in seven appearances in all competitions. Forward Robin Quaison added a couple of goals along with three assists, and these two guys will lead the 05ers offense Saturday.
Mainz will come in full strength, while Schalke will miss midfielder Suat Serdar due to a hamstring injury. Winger Alessandro Schopf leads the way for the Miners with two goals and one assist, and Schalke desperately needs more from all other first-team players.
The Miners are coming off a 1-1 home stalemate against Stuttgart. It was their second draw over the last three Bundesliga showings, while the Miners have the worst goal difference in the league at 3:20.
They lost all three games away from home including an 8-0 defeat at Bayern Munich in the opening week. Schalke has a horrible 0:15 goal difference on the road, but the Miners played some heavyweights in that span, meeting Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig alongside Bayern.
Mainz vs. Schalke Pick
With a pair of leaking defenses in this matchup, I have to take both teams to score at -167 odds. Schalke is still looking for its first goal away from home, while Mainz will push forward in numbers, searching for its first point this season.
Considering their defensive problems, I believe someone will break the deadlock in the first half, forcing the other team to attack more.
Last season, the clash between Mainz and Schalke at Opel Arena was finished in a goalless draw, while Schalke beat Mainz 2-1 at home.
Only one of the last eight matchups between these two clubs saw both teams finding the net, but going against the betting trends in this one seems like a logical choice.
Both Teams to Score YES-167