Anderlecht vs Mainz by Gustav
Anderlecht comes into this match after one of the biggest setbacks this season, since the team managed to fail to get any point away from home, suffering 2:1 defeat against one of the weaker sides in Jupiler League last weekend - Waasland Beveren. Things to be worse, home side was playing with a man less since the very first minute of the game when Seck, their midfielder, got excluded.
However, hosts took the lead in ninth minute with a goal from Gano, while the guests managed to respond in next attack, in next minute via Teodorczyk. The game remained being quite open one and the hosts took the lead again, in 32nd minute via Cools. Visitors tried to respond but this simply wasn't their day since they weren't even able to have more of the ball possession and dominant display. After this defeat, Anderlecht continued being second at the table, while their Europa League standing currently put them at first position together with St Etienne and Gabala, with five points each. It means that the team can't afford to lose here, while a victory would bring them very close to the next phase.
Midfielder Alexandru Chipciu (9/1) is injured through a thigh problem.
Mainz, on the other side, took a convincing and fully deserved victory last weekend at home when they welcomed Ingolstadt and managed to win with a 2:0 result. They were better and dominant from the very first moment, but only managed to open the scoreline once they increased the pressure in the second halftime.
Hosts took the lead from a penalty spot in 51st minute via Malli, while they doubled up the lead towards the end of the match via Oztunali. After this victory, the team is again in the middle of the table, having fourteen points which is just a point less than Europa League placed sides which surely is their target again. As for Europa League, the team looked better in the first match against Anderlecht and having in mind already described situation, they surely don't want to lose this one, at least.
Visiting side have midfielders Fabian Frei (7/0) and Yoshinori Muto (3/2) as injured and out, while doubtful for this game remain midfielders Christian Clemens (3/0) and Phillipp Klement (no performance anyway so far).
I'm sure that both teams will be going for all three points here. Having in mind that they both have more quality attack than their defensive lineups are, I definitely see plenty of goals here, in both nets.