The national players are back from the Euro 2024 qualification and fittingly, the 26th matchday in the Bundesliga will take place next weekend. Especially on Saturday, six thrilling games await us. At 15:30 there is the duel between the Red Bulls from Leipzig and FSV Mainz 05. Both teams are still fighting for international business and the winner of this game can take another step towards Europe. You can find out who is ahead for us in our Leipzig – Mainz tip.
If we dare to take a closer look at the table in the Bundesliga before the start of the 26th matchday, then we see Leipzig in fifth place. RB lost before the international break with 0:1 at the Kellerkind from Bochum. Despite many chances, the team of coach Marco Rose remained without a point. The upcoming opponent from Mainz had the SC Freiburg as a guest and against the Breisgauer there was still a point in the last second.
Leipzig – Mainz Info:
– Date & Time: 01.04.2023, 15:30
– Venue: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
– Competition: Bundesliga, Matchday 26
– TV broadcast: Sky
Leipzig Form & Balance Check
The Red Bulls from Leipzig had to accept a bitter setback in the fight for the premier class on the last matchday. RB was a guest at the Bochumern and at the home strong Kellerkind from the pot, there was an unfortunate 0:1 defeat. After 90 minutes, a goal ratio of 22:8 was in favor of the Saxons. However, many financial statements lacked accuracy.
The goal then resulted from a throw-in and above all the way of hitting, was to defend. Due to the bankruptcy, the Saxons slip out of the top 4 of the league for the first time in what feels like an eternity. On Saturday, a win against Mainz is needed.
Leipzig strong after counterattack
In the coming game, Mainz will again depend on their counter-strength. The many fast players of the Saxons are predestined for the fast switching game. The Red Bulls have already scored four goals on counterattack this season. RB’s hopes may rest in Nkunku again on Saturday.
The Frenchman has been missing injured in recent weeks and the fans of the Saxons are of course hoping for a deployment of their superstar. With twelve goals, he scored as much as his fellow strikers Silva (7), Werner (4) and Poulsen 1 combined. Especially Timo Werner will be happy that it goes against Mainz. In 14 games against the 05ers, the German international scored 13 times – more often than against any other team in the league.
Leipzig Fakten & Analyse
– One home defeat in the Bundesliga so far
– Second best home team
– Most recently lost 0-1 to Bochum
Mainz Form & Balance Check
If we talk about the positive surprises this season, then we also have to talk about Mainz. Under Bo Svensson, the 05s have become a serious candidate for international business. Currently, the Mainz have 37 points on the account and thus it is enough to ninth place. However, the gap to the coveted sixth place is only three points.
If we take a closer look at the last few weeks, Mainz don’t need to hide in Leipzig. There has been no defeat for six matchdays and under coach Svensson, Mainz had only managed once longer without bankruptcy (nine games between March and May 2021).
Bad memories of Leipzig
The 05ers know what awaits them next Saturday. In Leipzig, Mainz has looked anything but good in recent years. Mainz suffered their biggest Bundesliga defeat in November 2019. At that time, FSV went down 0:8 and in general the Red Bull Arena Mainz is not necessarily located.
In six games in the trade fair city, the 05s had to swallow a total of 24 goals. That makes an average of four hits per game. As already mentioned, Mainz should go into the game with a lot of self-confidence. Only BVB is better than the 05s in the second half of the season.
Mainz Facts & Analysis
– 2nd place in the second half of the table
– Average 4 goals conceded in Leipzig
– Most recently 1-1 against Freiburg
Estimated line-up – last update on March 30, 2023
The Red Bulls from Leipzig have Mainz in front of their chest on Saturday and coach Marco Rose wants to prevent the switching game of the 4ers with a 4-2-05. Haidara and Laimer will close down at headquarters, Forsberg and Szoboszlai will operate on the outside. Werner and Silva are likely to storm from the start. A use of Nkunku would also be possible.
The opponent from Mainz relies on a 3-4-2-1. Coach Svensson has the same considerations as his counterpart Rose. Leipzig are also strong on the counter attack and Mainz are trying to counter with a four-man midfield. Ajorque is supposed to fix the balls with his physicality and thus open up spaces for the advancing Ingvartsen and Lee.
Leipzig – Mainz Direct Comparison & Statistics
Both teams have faced each other in 13 games so far and Leipzig have already celebrated seven successes. In addition, there are three draws and three defeats.
– Average number of goals in meetings between RB Leipzig and FSV Mainz is 3.4
– The last match was a draw. (1-1)
– Christopher Nkunku is the top scorer with 12 goals. Karim Onisiwo scored 9 times for FSV Mainz
– FSV Mainz haven’t lost any of their last 6 games.