1. FSV Mainz at Borussia Dortmund
|Date & Time||Saturday April 13, 2019, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
Signal Iduna Park
Borussia Dortmund: -1.5 (-119) / Borussia Dortmund -1000 / 1. FSV Mainz +600 / 1. FSV Mainz: 1.5 (+106)
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Borussia is hosting Mainz in round 29 of German Bundesliga.
Borussia was in the top of Bundesliga for most of the season but in their last game against Bayern Munich, Borussia got demolished and has lost 1stplace in the standings. With only 42% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 82% of correct passes and 4 conceded goals in the first half of the game, Borussia have lost 5-0 against their biggest competitor. Paco Alcacer is Borussia’s top goal scorer with 16 goals while Reus added 15 goals and both are expected to be in the starting lineup for this game. Hakimi is injured and will not be playing while Pisczek, Pulisic, and Guerreiro are listed as questionable. Borussia’s home record this season is 12 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses and they played some of their best soccer at home in front of some of the best fans in the world. Borussia is a good team with some of the best young players in the world like Sancho, Larsen, and Weigl and if the management will be able to keep them and coach Favre in the club, Borussia might finally win the Bundesliga title next season. After last weeks loss, Borussia’s player will want to bounce back and get another victory in front of their fans to stay in the race for the title until the very end of the season.
Mainz is a decent team and is holding 12thplace in the standing safely outside the relegation zone and this is their maximum for this season. In their last game against Freiburg, Mainz had only 29% ball possession, 78% of correct passes but was able to score 5 goals out of 5 shots on goal they had and has won that game 5-0. Mateta is Mainz’s top goal scorer with 10 goals in 28 matches and is expected to be in the starting lineup for this game. Mwene, Adler, Abass, and Holtman are injured while Baku and Bungert are listed as questionable. Coach Schwarz is doing a good job with his team on the defensive end and Mainz’s defense is showing signs of steady improvement throughout the season but the offensive part of the team is not doing so good. In 28 matches so far, Mainz was able to score only 33 goals and if they want to get any higher in the standings next season, coach Schwarz will need to make some changes and even sign some new players.
Mainz’s players are filled with confidence after last weeks victory over Freiburg but Borussia still hasn’t lost a home game this season while Mainz hasn’t won any of their last 5 away matches. I’m giving the edge to Borussia here who will look to bounce back after last weeks terrible loss and get another nice home win to stay in the fight for the title.