Mainz vs Dortmund : The game for the survival || Bundesliga – Matchday 33
Bundesliga – Matchday 33
Mainz vs Dortmund – 16th May
Venue – Coface Arena
Dortmund has been in phenomenal form this season and has just won the DFB-Pokal on Thursday. BVB are planning to cement their position in Champions League qualification through this fixture. Dortmund has been performing exceptionally well and has been unbeaten in their last 6 games.
BVB are currently in the fourth position with 58 points in the Bundesliga standings. Borussia Dortmund has won 18, lost 10 and drew 4 games out of the 32 matches they have played in this season so far.
Borussia Dortmund’s possible starting lineup: Burki, Haaland, Meunier, Hummels, Guerreiro, Sancho, Bellingham, Delaney, Akanji, Hazard, and Reus
In all reality, Mainz’s primary focus going into this fixture will be to survive, which they can achieve by not losing. Since Bo Svensson has taken over as Mainz’s manager, they have been making miracles on the pitch. Svensson’s side has picked up 29 points in the second half of the season, which is 22 more than they have in the first half.
Mainz hasn’t lost a single game in their last 10 last matches in this league and is currently on the 12th position with 36 points. Die Nullfunfer has won 9, lost 14, and drawn in 9 games out of the 32 matches they have played in this season.
Mainz’s possible starting lineup: Zentner, Onisiwo, St Juste, Niakhate, Quaison, Da Costa, Barreiro, Hack, Boetius, Kohr, and Mwene
Mainz has a fully fit squad apart from Luca Kilian, who will be ruled out of this fixture because of his hip problem. Svensson might bring in Jean-Paul Boetius or Danny Latza to play in the forward position in this fixture.
Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mateu Morey, Axel Witsel, Youssoufa Moukoko, and Marcel Schmelzer have been ruled out for the rest of the campaign. Marwin Hitz is ruled out from the competition because of his knee injury, thus Roman Burki will take on his position and Thomas Delaney might replace Dahoud in the midfield.
Head to Head
Borussia Dortmund has by far dominated this fixture, as they have won 16 games against Mainz over the years.
Mainz have won against Dortmund just 5 times and drew 8 games. The last time these two teams faced each other back in January, the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Prediction and Betting Tips
We know Mainz will give Dortmund Borussia a tough competition for their survival, and thus we expect that the match will end with a scoreline of 1-1 as both these teams have been playing exceptionally well. The betting tips favour Dortmund to have a slight edge and win by 1 goal against Mainz
Despite not losing in their last 10 games in this league, Mainz is still the underdog in this matchup with their pre-game betting odds at 6.50. The betting odds for this match to end in a draw is 5.0, whereas Borussia Dortmund is the betting favourite to win this match with their betting odds at 1.38