Schalke are riding high in second spot in the Bundesliga and they can make sure they end the weekend in the top four with a win at Mainz this evening.
The Royal Blues have won four of their last five games in all competitions, losing only to Bayern Munich during that time, and seem to be back on form after a mini-blip at the end of January and start of February.
Schalke have only won two of their last seven away fixtures but they have had some tough games during that run, and they managed an impressive win at Bayer Leverkusen in their last fixture on the road.
Mainz are struggling in the bottom three and, although they are unbeaten in their last three, all of those games have been against sides in the bottom half.
Schalke should provide a much sterner test and it is hard to see them getting any kind of result this evening.
Mainz have managed 16 goals in 12 home games so far but when they’ve come up against the big sides they’ve been found wanting, having failed to score against both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund when they’ve hosted them.
Schalke have managed two clean sheets in their last three away games and can keep another shut-out this evening, as well as picking up three vital points in their Champions League push.
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