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Two of the teams that are struggling near the bottom of the Bundesliga table this season will meet on Saturday afternoon Mainz 05 host Greuther Fuerth in the Opel Arena.
Mainz wants to recover from the disappointing defeat last weekend, Greuther Fürth is hoping for the first victory of the new season.
Prediction for this match
After Mainz started the new season with a fantastic 1-0 win against RB Leipzig, VfL Bochum did not succeed with a positive result last week.
A 2-0 loss to another team that seemed to be in and around them this year was a disappointing result, especially after the success on Matchday 1 and last season’s strong run.
Has been a manager since his appointment in January this year Bo Svensson has mastered an incredible turnaround at his side.
Despite the disappointing defeat against Bochum, Mainz has won 10 games, drawn six and lost six in its 22 competitive games. With this form, the team reached 12th place in the Bundesliga last season.
Svensson will try to take last week’s positive results despite the result as his team dominated the game for the most part and also welcomed some players to the club after a COVID outbreak that saw 11 players and three staff members in isolation for a period .
The hosts will try to regain that spectacular form from previous Saturday games against a team they haven’t seen in the league since 2013.
Visitors to Greuther Fürth are also likely to struggle at the bottom of the Bundesliga table this season and the start of the new season has given little indication.
In a bad pre-season season, the team lost three of their five friendlies without ever winning one, during a transfer window in which three players from the promotion team’s first team moved to other Bundesliga clubs.
The first competitive game of the season did not go any better, because Greuther was eliminated in the first round due to a demoralizing defeat on penalties against the amateur club SV Babelsberg after a 2-2 draw from the DFB Cup.
The start of the league season and the positive aspects remain difficult to find. After a 5-1 away win in Stuttgart on matchday one, a 1-1 draw at home against their teammates Arminia Bielefeld followed.
This result was even more frustrating for Greuther when you consider that their opponents were reduced to 10 men for over 20 minutes and they still couldn’t find a winner despite their dominance.
Most will have foreseen these fights for a Greuther team that had only played once in the Bundesliga, which led them to the bottom of the table in 2013 and an immediate exit from the top division.
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After the Mainz team was able to welcome some of those who were absent again last weekend, they are looking forward to having a full squad available throughout the club after the outbreak of COVID.
The likes of Jeremiah St. Juste, Anton Stach and Karim Onisiwo are expected to join the starting XI for their first starts in the new league season.
Meanwhile, the visitors will be absent Gideon Jung after injuring his knee in the warm-up for last week’s draw against Bielefeld. Justin Hoogma should keep his place in defense in Jung’s absence.
Jessica Ngankam remains on pause even with a knee injury Robin Kehr struggles with a groin problem and is listed as dubious for travel.
Mainz 05 possible starting line-up:
Quintals; St. Juste, Bell, Niakhate; Widmer, Barreiro, Stach, Martin; Boetius; Burkardt, Onisiwo
Greuther Fürth possible starting line-up:
Burchert; Meyerhofer, Bauer, Hoogma, Itter; Seguin, Sarpei, Green; Nielsen; Abiama, Hrgota
Probability: Mainz 05 2-0 Greuther Fürth
Mainz should get back on track against the newcomers here. After the return of a large number of players from the first team from COVID, the home side should have enough to regroup and pile up the misery for Greuther Fürth again.
Best betting tip for this match
Our expert tipster partners at footpredictions.com forecast less than 3.5 goals in this game. Click here to see more football predictions to see what else they are predicting for this game and for more proven soccer tips.Under 3.5: data