The fight to stay in the Bundesliga next season continues Friday night as Mainz host Wolfsburg at the Opel Arena in Germany. This is a vital game at the bottom of the table as both clubs aim to move clear of the relegation zone. As things stand, Mainz are in the relegation playoff place but a win would see them move out of that position and above Wolfsburg in the table. Wolfsburg know a win would see them move 10 points clear of the automatic relegation places but a defeat could see them drop into the relegation playoff place and there is all to play for in this match.
Bundesliga – Mainz 05 vs Wolfsburg – Coface Arena – Thursday 23rd February 2018 – Kick-off: 19.30 GMT
Best Odd of: 13/10 at Betfair
Best Odd of: 12/5 at William Hill
Best Odd of: 21/10 at Coral
Mainz come into this match having enjoyed a good win at Hertha Berlin last week, which has given them belief they can avoid the drop this season. However, a look back over their form shows Mainz have failed to win back to back games in the Bundesliga in the last 18 months, so it is little wonder they find themselves towards the bottom of the league table.
Mainz have won only 2 of their last 11 league games and in addition to the win at Hertha Berlin they defeated Stuttgart at home. However, between those wins Mainz have lost 3 Bundesliga games and they cannot string two wins together. At home, Mainz have won 2 and lost 3 of their last 5 league games and have conceded an average of 2.25 goals in their last 4 at the Opel Arena.
Wolfsburg were devastated they could not hold on against Bayern Munich last weekend and they conceded a late goal to lose the match 2-1 at home. What could have been a huge boost for the remainder of the campaign ended in disappointment.
Wolfsburg have failed to win any of their last 4 competitive games, with 2 wins and a draw in the Bundesliga plus a defeat in the German Cup. They have won only 1 of their last 11 matches in all competitions and just 4 of their last 24, which highlights how long Wolfsburg have been struggling to win games. Wolfsburg have failed to score a goal in 5 of their last 7 away matches.
Mainz 05 vs Wolfsburg Team News
Mainz will be without the injured duo of Rene Adler and Levin Oztunali. Sandro Schwarz is likely to keep faith with the team that won in Berlin last week and Robin Quaison will start up-front following his two goals.
Wolfsburg have a huge injury list and players including include Sebastian Jung, Paul Verhaegh, John Brooks, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Ignacio Camacho will miss the match, in addition to the suspended Max Arnold.
Top Mainz 05 vs Wolfsburg Betting Tip
This has the makings of a tight game and with so much to play in terms of Bundesliga survival, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see two teams who are struggling to win games come away with a point. The draw is 12/5 with William Hill.
While Mainz have been conceding goals at home recently, Wolfsburg have not had their shooting boots on when playing away and the draw plus under 2.5 goals is 16/5 with Ladbrokes. With that in mind, a low scoring draw is a possibility and the 1-1 correct score is on offer at 6/1 with William Hill.