Mainz vs Anderlecht by Meese
Mainz comes from important 2:1 victory at home over Darmstadt last weekend, three pointer that brought them back to the first part of the table and keeps them really close to the European tickets. With three victories, two draws and two defeats, the team is now only four points away from second placed Koln and has every chances of reaching something more.
So, the team confirmed their good form last weekend (they have only one defeat in last six matches in Bundesliga), with a deserved victory over Darmstadt thanks to goals from De Blasis and Malli. As for Europa League, the team took a point in a home draw against St Etienne and a victory over Gabala and now can't afford to lose against Anderlecht, while a draw would bring them uncertain future and a battle with other teams for the knockout phase.
Home side continues to miss midfielders Phillipp Klement (no performance so far), Christian Clemens (3/0), Yoshinori Muto (3/2) all due injuries, while doubtful for the match remain defender Leon Balogun and forward Andre Silva.
Anderlecht, on the other side, comes from second consecutive narrow victory, with a 1:0 result at home against Lokeren last weekend. Players of Anderlecht were better from the first till last minute, having complete domination, but managed to score the winning goal only in last moments of it.
They were slowly increasing the pressure and it looked like the team will score a goal anytime, but they also needed numerical advantage, that they got in 81st minute when visitors played with a man less, while Teodorczyk scored the winning goal in 89th minute. Anderlecht is now at first position, having a point more than second placed Waregem and uncertain title battle is ahead of them for sure. As for Europa League, they are sharing the first position with Mainz and in case of a victory here, the team would almost surely secure the ticket for the knockout phase.
Guests might miss defender Dennis Appiah who is doubtful, but without fresh injury nor suspension worries.
Mainz is playing in a really offensive way in front of own fans and will be attacking from the off. Anderlecht also knows that they can't defend and sit at the back and I'm sure we will see plenty of goals. Odds are more than valuable in my eyes, while hosts also stand out as favorites in my eyes.