Mainz 05 vs Schalke 05 Match Analysis & Prediction
05/05/2023 9:30 pm
Mainz 05 play host to Schalke 05 at the MEWA-Arena in a crucial Bundesliga contest at both ends of the table on Friday night.
Mainz suffered a 3-0 defeat to Wolfsburg last weekend, which saw their 10-game unbeaten run come to an end and dented their hopes of finishing in the top six.
Drawing a blank was also a rare occurence for Mainz, as it was the first time they have failed to score in a game since before the World Cup, against their upcoming opponents back in November.
The underwhelming performance was in big contrast to their 3-1 victory over reigning champions Bayern Munich a week earlier.
With there being a 50/50 chance that seventh will not open up a European spot due to the potential outcome of the DFB Pokal final, Mainz need to return to winning ways on Friday to put the pressure on the sides above them.
Their impressive tally of 22 points from a possible 30 places them in a position where they are just three points behind Bayer Leverkusen in sixth with four matches remaining.
This will be marked as a must-win game though, given that they have a tricky run on the line to finish the season, with Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund away to come.
Despite Schalke’s recent troubles, Mainz have a notoroiusly poor record over them, winning just three of their 12 meetings at home.
That may give the visitors some much needed belief as they look to avoid relegation after being in a dangerous position not long ago.
Schalke claimed back-to-back home victories for the first time this season with a 2-1 win over Werder Bremen last weekend.
However, their away form is the big reason why they find themselves in trouble, as the club have won just one of their 14 away matches this season.
Mainz 05 vs. Schalke 05 Head to head
In the 33 previous meetings between these two teams, Mainz have claimed eight victories while Schalke 04 have won 18, and they have drawn in seven. Schalke 04 have scored 46 goals and conceded 27 in the process.
Mainz 05 Team News
Silvan Widmer was forced off in the defeat to Wolfsburg last weekend with an ankle injury and is set to miss out for Mainz on Friday.
Jonathan Burkardt is the other absentee for the hosts, as his knee injury has kept him out for the whole of 2023.
Mainz 05's Last 5 Matches
Schalke 05 Team News
Moritz Jens is a doubt for Schalke as he recovers from a thigh injury, while fellow defender Cedric Brunner continues to nurse a shoulder injury.
Tim Skarke is close to a return after an ankle injury, but Thomas Reis will be without Soichiro Kozuki, Justin Heekeren and Eder Balanta on Friday.
Schalke 05's Last 5 Matches
01/04/2023Schalke 040Bayer Leverkusen3Bundesliga
14/04/2023Schalke 045Hertha Berlin2Bundesliga
29/04/2023Schalke 042Werder Bremen1Bundesliga
Mainz 05 vs. Schalke 05: Odds and Predictions
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