Three fixtures take place on Sunday from Bundesliga as we enjoy the second weekend of live competition following a return from lockdown. As was the case last week – and will be for the remainder of the season – all games will be played behind closed doors, with no fans allowed into the stadium to support the play.
That means the only way to watch the action is on live TV and through live streaming sites. It’s far from ideal but sports lovers are just happy to have the beautiful game back on their screens. Schalke and Augsburg get us moving at 12:30 before Mainz tackle RB Leipzig from 14:30 and FC Koln v Fortuna Dusseldorf rounds things off at 17:00.
Pressure is on RB Leipzig to perform following a disappointing draw last weekend in what was their third level finish on the bounce. Will they make an overdue return to winning ways and get their title charge back on track or will Mainz aim to frustrate and pile on the pressure? One thing’s for sure, nothing can be taken for granted in this league.
Mainz teetering on the edge
Mainz set up for this latest challenge teetering on the edge of the relegation places with pressure mounting as we enter the home straight of the season. Their form so far reads 8 wins and 3 draws against 15 defeats, scoring 36 goals and conceding 55. They have 27 points on the board and that leaves them just four better than the relegation zone, with Fortuna Dusseldorf seen as their main rivals between now and the finish line. To make things more interesting, both Mainz and Dusseldorf are showing improved form.
The home side have suffered just one defeat in their last five league games, that period made up of three draws and a rare victory. That win was followed by a draw in their last two, offering followers confidence as we enter what will be a hectic finish to the campaign. If Mainz can continue to pick up points, they will safeguard their place in the top division of German football for another season, at least. Above them, there are just three points between Mainz in 15th and Union Berlin in 12th.
The hosts returned to action with a hard-fought draw against Koln last Sunday, fighting out an entertaining 2-2 finish. Awoniyi and Kunde were on the scoresheet to match strikes from Uth and Kainz. Koln raced into a two-goal lead that day which makes the point for Mainz all the more impressive. They never gave up on getting something out of the game but must address their defensive frailties if they are to improve. Everyone connected to the team will want to see a much better start or they could be wiped out by a far more ruthless foe in RB Leipzig.
Time running out for Leipzig
RB Leipzig entered the season as genuine title contenders, with many followers of Bundesliga believing they would provide the main opposition to Bayern Munich, stopping the champions from waltzing to another title. They can be found battling for points at the right end of the division, but everyone connected to the club knows time is running out if they are going to win Bundesliga.
The visitors travel with their form reading 14 wins and nine draws against three defeats, scoring 63 goals but conceding 27. They have lost fewer games than Bayern Munich but draws are in real danger of costing them their season. 51 points on the board have RB placed fourth and there’s still all to play for with Bayer Leverkusen in fifth just a point behind. Missing out on a top-four finish and place in next season’s Champions League would be a serious blow to the club.
They are on an unbeaten run and sit seven points off Bayern Munich, three behind Borussia Dortmund in second, but they are without a win in their last three. Three draws on the bounce has put their place in the top four at serious risk and fans are demanding a quickfire return to winning ways before the campaign unravels. They were last seen ending all-square with Freiburg on Saturday, a game they were expected to win by many. It was the underdogs who took the lead on 34 minutes through Gulde, a Poulsen equaliser on 77 minutes required to save the team’s blushes.
Mainz 05 vs RB Leipzig prediction
RB Leipzig are usually a reliable team for neutrals to follow in Bundesliga, but they have been losing form of late. A failure to finish teams off will be blamed if they are unable to finish in the top four and don’t put pressure on Bayern Munich for the title. Their form makes another level finish the risk when making predictions on this match, but improvement might be expected.
Mainz are involved in the relegation fight for good reason. They aren’t as strong as their opponents and confidence is low in the camp. They have managed a couple of draws in recent outings and would surely see the good in another share of the spoils here, so don’t be surprised to see them adopt a defensive stance. It will be up to RB Leipzig’s attacking players to break them down, but they have proven they have the ability to deal with that. Leipzig can be trusted to remain professional, patient and are likely to take the chances that come their way.
22BET betting odds for this match are in and sportsbook users will find RB Leipzig priced up as favourites. Backers can support the away win at 4/9 and that could be a popular choice. The form of both sides makes the draw difficult to ignore, priced at 39/10 and that looks value.
The locals have been written off at 51/10. Despite RB Leipzig conceding the first goal of the game last weekend, taking yes in both teams to score market might earn backers a shot at a decent 3/5 with no trading at 6/5.