Bayern Munich travel to the Opel Arena to face Mainz on Saturday afternoon. Die Roten’s campaign received a much-needed shot in the arm at the weekend, as the Bundesliga champions ended their four-match winless run.
Where and when: Opel Arena – 27 October, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Mainz vs. Bayern Munich: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez both struck in the first half to hand Bayern a 2-0 victory at the Opel Arena in February.
Mainz v Bayern Munich Predictions and Preview
It could’ve been a tough game for the champions, but Bayern relieved some of the pressure on their new manager Niko Kovac with a timely 3-1 victory at Wolfsburg on Saturday. Der FCB now face a trip to Mainz, where they’ve won on each of their last six visits.
Die Roten have a great record against Die Nullfunfer, winning 10 of the last 12 meetings between the sides. However, Mainz managed a 2-1 victory at the Allianz Arena in March 2016, and got a 2-2 draw in Munich the season after. Last term though, Bayern won 4-0 at home before that 2-0 success in the return.
Kovac’s side are heavy favourites to make it back-to-back wins this weekend, priced at 2/7. Star striker Robert Lewandowski found his shooting boots with a brace, and Die Roten showed plenty of character in the face of Arjen Robben’s red card early in the second half. The win takes the Bavarians into fourth place, still four points behind Borussia Dortmund.
|Bayern to win to nil||1/1||Offer|
|Bayern to win 4-0||12/1||Offer|
|Lewandowski to score first||41/20||Offer|
There was less character on show from Mainz at the weekend, as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach. The Karnevalsverein have now gone five Bundesliga matches without a win, losing three of those. They are priced at 12/1 to put an end to that run with a victory on Saturday.
The hosts won’t have to worry about the threat from Robben with the Dutch winger suspended, while Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman are both out injured. However, Sandro Schwarz could be without as many as seven players, with Gerrit Holtmann definitely out. With that in mind, 12th-placed Mainz would be more than happy with a point, and they are 21/4 to get it.
One to watch for Mainz: Anthony Ujah is Mainz’s top score with just two goals this season. Die Nullfunfer have only scored four times in eight games so far, but Ujah is 16/1 to net first here.
One to watch for Bayern: Robert Lewandowski went four games without a goal, and Bayern failed to win any of those matches. When the Pole’s firing, Bayern usually win, and he’s 41/20 to score first.
Long shot: Bayern beat Mainz 4-0 at the Allianz last season, and they’ll be hungry for another big win with a morale-boosting victory under their belts last time out. The visitors are 12/1 to win 4-0 on Saturday.