Foot Predictions shows the Bundesliga clash on Saturday between Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz 05, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Bayer Leverkusen to assume Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with both teams trying to take advantage of crucial victories last weekend.
Leverkusen kept up the pressure in the top four with an exciting 5-2 win against Stuttgart, while Mainz stayed four points clear with a 1-0 victory over Union Berlin.
In fact, after a series of four defeats in five matches, including a disappointing defeat for fourth division Rot-Weiss Essen at DFP-Pokal, any victory would have been enough to Peter BoszLeverkusen against Stuttgart last week.
However, the form of the victory should bring great confidence in the attack, with Kerem Demirbay Two hits at close range in the first half hour to give a two-goal lead at half-time.
Edmond Tapsoba was easily overcome by Sasa Kalajdzic after the break, with the Stuttgart striker delicately throwing the ball over Lukas Hradecky to give Stuttgart a lifeline, but Leon Bailey and Florian Wirtz ended the three points on either side of the hour after two excellent moves by the team.
Kalajdzic added to his score to produce a nervous ending to the game, but with gaps increasingly open in the transition, Demarai Gray scored the opening goal just 10 minutes after being replaced by Bosz, having signed Leicester City on the transfer deadline.
With Mainz having the division’s second worst defensive record this season, Bosz hopes his players will be able to have a similar performance and result on Saturday as they seek to return to the Champions League qualifying positions.
However, Mainz looks like a more competitive team since signing the former player Bo Svensson as his coach last month, holding Borussia Dortmund and drawing RB Leipzig before last weekend’s massive victory against Union Berlin.
Svensson’s team was certainly helped by surprisingly poor performance from opponents, with Nico Schlotterbeck inadvertently standing Karim Onisiwothe first changes. Moussa Niakhate left the penalty spot to score his third goal in two matches, although the defender’s heart must have been in his mouth when the ball hit the post before crossing the line.
Schlotterbeck saw red for yet another clumsy entry into Onisiwo after the break, helping Mainz hold on comfortably for a crucial victory. Robert Glatzel, who was loaned out by Cardiff City on the day of the transfer deadline, should have doubled Mainz’s lead later in the day, but the striker was slow to get the ball off the ground before shooting straight into the Andreas Luthe.
Mainz will have to be much more unforgiving against a team from Leverkusen, whose confidence will have been reinforced by their own victory last weekend, but with Svensson he seems to have every chance of taking another turn.
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Leverkusen’s long list of injuries was added by Timothy Fosu-MensahThe blow suffered during the victory over Stuttgart, but it is not considered a serious problem.
Karim Bellarabi, Lars Bender, Mitchell Weiser, Paulinho, Santiago arias and Julian Baumgartlinger will stay away from Bosz’s side.
Mainz, meanwhile, will travel to Leverkusen without Robert Qualon due to a knee injury, but on the other hand, Svensson seems to have no concerns about suspension or injuries.
Glatzel will probably be used from the bank again, with Onisiwo and Adam Szalai continuing the attack.
Possible initial line-up for Bayer Leverkusen:
Hradecky; Dragovic, Tah, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven; Wirtz, Aranguiz, Demirbay; Bailey, Schick, Diaby
Mainz 05 possible starting lineup:
Zentner; St. Juste, Bell, Niakhate; Da Costa, Barreiro, Kohr, Mwene; Latza; Szalai, Onisiwo
Probability: Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Mainz 05
With Leverkusen recovering pace, we can expect a comfortable victory for Bosz’s team.
Mainz undoubtedly improved under Svensson, but they may find the offensive fluency of the hosts too hot to control.