Mainz vs Hoffenheim by Gustav
Mainz couldn't do much more in their latest match played, as the side suffered 4:0 defeat away to Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon. Players of Bayern entered the game in a proper way and it was difficult for Mainz to do something more meaningful on the field, as the Bavarians took the double lead quickly, thanks to goals from Muller in 11th and Robben in 23rd minute.
Lewandoswki sealed the victory with two goals in the second halftime, while the players of Mainz were limited to a very defensive approach with little of ball possession, did some concrete things in attack, but it wasn't enough to score a single goal. They are now hoping to continue positive momentum from their previous home match when the side won over Leverkusen as they can't be satisfied with the start in the new season - just three points after first four rounds.
Mainz should be playing in a version of 3-4-2-1 formation with Muto as central striker, plus Oztunali and Fischer as offensive midfielders. Forward Kenan Kodro (2/0) is injured and won't play, same as four players that didn't play so far in Bundesliga: goalkeeper Jannik Huth, central defender Alexander Hack, left back Gaetan Bussmann and forward Emil Berggreen. Midfielder Phillipp Klement is doubtful coming from injury.
Hoffenheim, on the other side, surely did expected all three points last Sunday afternoon when the team welcomed Hertha Berlin, but in the end they walked away with just a point in a 1:1 draw. They took the lead in 9th minute via Wagner already and everything looked well for them, however despite more of the ball possession they failed to score the second goal.
Guests appeared more concrete in the second halftime and leveled up the result in 55th minute via Esswein, with the home team continuing to attack and searching for a victory, but the scoreline change never came. Hoffenheim now has two victories and two draws for now, making a solid start and being just two points below the leading positions, however surely going into this one in order to get all three points.
Guests are set to play in 3-5-2 formation with Wagner and Uth as forwards. Forward Adam Szalai (1/0) should be injured and out again, same as central defender Ermin Bicakcic (2/0). Midfielder Serge Gnabry is doubtful for this one coming from injury.
- Mainz have seen over 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 8 home matches against Hoffenheim.
Players of Mainz surely aren't satisfied with current number of points and will be looking to impress here and get the second consecutive victory in front of own fans. Hoffenheim, on the other side, remains a bit more quality side at least and remain slight favorites for this one, surely having quality to be very threatening as well during the ninety minutes.