Mainz vs Holstein Kiel by Gustav
Mainz broke their undefeated streak of three matches with a 2:0 defeat away to Schalke last Friday evening, where the side failed to present themselves in a better image and less passive one. However, players of Schalke simply stood better on the field, had better chances and generally were superior in comparison to opponent.
Hosts have entered the match with a goal in 12th minute via Goretzka, while the guests didn't find a proper way to reply. Game wasn't much interesting, but the players of Schalke simply knew what they wanted, doubling up the lead in 74th minute via Burgstaller, taking completely deserved victory. Mainz is now at 12th position having three points more than play-out placed Hamburger.
Mainz continues to have slight problems making the defensive lineup, as they continue to miss central backs Leon Balogun (4/0), Alexander Hack (no performance so far), team captain Niko Bungert (who also didn't perform in the new season) and left back Gaetan Bussmann (no performance either for now). Forwards Gerrit Holtmann (no performance) and Karim Onisiwo (2/0) are sidelined as well.
Holstein Kiel, on the other side, is beating all the odds before the season has started, as the side currently stands out as one of the candidates for promotion which looked almost impossibly before the start, since they were a newly promoted side from 3rd tier of German football.
They come from fourth consecutive victory in 2. Bundesliga, winning at home over Arminia Bielefeld 2:1 last Saturday afternoon. The game itself wasn't interesting as usually matches of Holstein Kiel are, getting more exciting in second halftime when the hosts did what was needed - took the double lead within three minutes, in 65th via Ducksch and three minutes later via Lewerenz, with the guests replying with an own goal from Czichos. The side is now second at the table with three points less than leaders from Dusseldorf and three more than play-off third placed Nurnberg.
Left back Christopher Lenz (4/0) is sidelined with injury, same as left offensive midfielder/forward Manuel Janzer (4/0) both being sidelined for some time already.
- Last six matches of Mainz have ended with over 2.5 goals scored.
Even though their start in the season isn't a perfect one, I see players of Mainz being very determined to do something more in the Cup competition. Holstein Kiel, on the other side, seems to be in a perfect momentum and are coming into this one having very little to lose. It's something that promises us pretty open game from the first minute, while whenever we see first goal scored, it should become as open as possible.