Tip 1 Fsv Mainz 05 - Hoffenheim
The return of the Bundesliga has been fascinating with brilliant football on show every matchday and Saturday will be no different. Mainz, battling relegation in 15th place, welcome Hoffenheim, chasing Europe in seventh, at the Coface Arena. The hosts could desperately use a win right now to halt a winless streak of four matches. Only one point above the relegation play-off spot, they could do with a repeat of the result they picked up in the reverse fixture of this encounter. It's no exaggeration to call their 5-1 victory at Hoffenheim one of the surprise results of the campaign. Not only did Mainz blitz their opponents, but they also did it with ten men - four of their goals coming after midfielder Ridle Baku received his marching orders. A repeat of that freak scoreline seems unlikely given that Mainz have only scored more than once in three of their last 11 Bundesliga matches.
Hoffenheim picked up their first victory in eight matches when they swept Cologne aside in a 3-1 home win on Wednesday night. Remember the name Christoph Baumgartner. The 20-year-old looked like a star in the making with his man-of-the-match shift in that comprehensive win, scoring a brace and setting up the other goal. His assist may have been his most eye-catching contribution, too, a clever backheel to Steven Zuber. If Baumgartner can influence this game the way he did against Cologne, there will only be one winner. Although they have drawn their last three away games, Hoffenheim have been solid on the road this season. We think that they can build on this impressive win with a vengeful three points at Mainz. But, to be safe, we say back draw no bet.
Key points 1 Fsv Mainz 05 - Hoffenheim
Mainz have failed to score more than once in eight of their last 11 Bundesliga matches.
The reverse fixture saw Mainz win 5-1 despite playing the entire second half with ten men.
Hoffenheim have drawn their last three away matches in the Bundesliga.
Conclusion 1 Fsv Mainz 05 - Hoffenheim
Mainz have to start picking up results to ensure their safety. A predictable battering from RB Leipzig aside, they have looked solid enough since the Bundesliga's return. But Hoffenheim's big win could signify the start of a run. Back the visitors draw no bet.
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1 Fsv Mainz 05 Hoffenheim Prediction published on May 28, 2020