Union Berlin vs. Mainz – Bundesliga, October 2, 2020

By Admir Aljic in Soccer
| October 1, 2020 6:57 am PDT

Union Berlin and Mainz will face off against each other Friday, October 2, opening Matchday 3 of the 2020-21 German Bundesliga season. 

After a couple of rounds, both these teams look like legitimate candidates to fight against the relegation. Hereof, Friday’s clash at Stadion An der Alte Forsterei should bring plenty of excitement. It’s still early in the season, but any points from this game would mean a lot to either club.

I bring you the best Union Berlin vs. Mainz betting pick along with the latest odds update from the best online sportsbooks, so let’s take a look.

Union Berlin vs. Mainz Odds

BET ODDS
BTTS YES -143
BTTS NO +104
Union Berlin to Win +130
Mainz to Win +230
Draw +250
Over 2.5 -111
Under 2.5 -111

Union is a slight favorite, playing at the home stadium and in front of a limited number of fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The bookies expect to see a tight clash with two or three goals in total, setting -111 odds on both over and under 2.5 goals. Last season, Union beat Mainz 3-2 on the road, while we saw a 1-1 tie in Berlin.

Union Berlin vs. Mainz Preview

Union Berlin earned just a point out of the first two games of the 2020-21 Bundesliga season. The Iron Ones opened with a tough 3-1 home defeat to Augsburg, but they managed to pull off an upset in Matchday 2, playing a 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach as +160 dogs to stay unbeaten.

We saw a good performance by Union last weekend. Although Borussia held the ball in possession for 60 percent of the time, Union Berlin took 15 shots towards Monchengladbach’s goalie and created a few very dangerous scoring opportunities.

On the other side, Mainz is still looking for its first points of the new season. The 05ers opened with a 3-1 loss at RB Leipzig which was quite expected, but they completely disappointed in Matchday 2, suffering a 4-1 home defeat to Stuttgart.

Mainz took the lead last weekend thanks to Robin Quaison’s goal, but then, the 05ers yielded four unanswered goals while receiving a red card along the way. Therefore, defender Moussa Niakhate is suspended and won’t play against Union.

Niakhate is a key guy at the back for Mainz, but all other players are ready to go. The hosts miss striker Anthony Ujah (knee) and midfielder Christian Gentner.

Union Berlin vs. Mainz Betting Pick

I’m pretty sure the visitors will be fired up to finally tally at least a point. The 05ers prefer to play attacking soccer and will look to score as soon as possible in this one.

On the other hand, Moussa Niakhate’s absence will be a big blow for Mainz’s defensive line, so the visitors could struggle to keep their net intact, especially if they push forward in numbers.

Unlike the 05ers, the Iron Ones prefer a more cautious approach. I don’t expect the hosts to attack right out of the gate, but they will create some scoring chances, for sure. Even with Diakhate in the lineup, Mainz showed a lot of defensive flaws.

Therefore, I’m backing both teams to find the net. The previous four encounters between Union Berlin and Mainz saw both teams scoring, as well as four of Mainz’s previous five games overall.

Pick
  • Both Teams to Score YES
    -143

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