Bayern Munich continue their march to the Bundesliga title on Saturday, when they play relegation-threatened Mainz at the Opel Arena. With a 16 point lead at the top of the table, the rest of the season promises to be a procession for the Bavarians.
Where and when: Opel Arena – 3 February, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Mainz vs. Bayern Munich: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Bayern ran out 4-0 winners at the Allianz Arena back in September, with goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben kicking off the scoring before Robert Lewandowski bagged a brace.
Mainz v Bayern Munich Predictions and Preview
Bayern are looking to secure their fourth consecutive Bundesliga victory since the winter break, after winning each of their last four before the turn of the year too. Mainz meanwhile have won just one of their last eight, a run which sees them sitting three points above the dreaded 16th place.
While Werder Bremen currently occupy the position which would see them face a relegation play-off against the third-placed team in 2. Bundesliga, Hamburg are just a point further back so Mainz could do with pulling away from those two northern rivals.
Die Nullfunfer can take some encouragement from their recent performances against Bayern, as they’ve recorded a win and a draw in their last three visits to the Allianz Arena. It’s still unlikely they’ll manage to cause an upset this weekend though, with the bookmakers pricing the hosts at 11/1 to pick up what would be a huge three points.
Der FCB are priced at 3/10 in the betting, having won 16 of their 20 league games so far this term. The champions will be without Manuel Neuer and Thiago once again with the duo expected back in around a month’s time. This shouldn’t have too much of a bearing on this game though, with the likes of Muller, Lewandowski, Franck Ribery and Arturo Vidal all on target since the winter break.
Neither side has kept a clean sheet since the new year, so a both teams to score bet at 5/6 could be attractive, while Bayern to win and both teams to score is 33/20. Lewandowski is the Bundesliga’s top scorer with 18 goals, and he’s 11/5 to open the scoring in this one.
One to watch for Mainz: Japanese forward Yoshinori Muto is Die Nullfunfer’s top scorer in the Bundesliga, and he’s 9/2 to hit the back of the net anytime. If you think he’ll notch the first goal of the game, the odds are 16/1.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: Joshua Kimmich got three assists when these two met earlier in the season. The right-back’s 16/5 to get his name on the scoresheet this time round, and 11/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: There were seven goals in Bayern’s last match against Hoffenheim, and six in the game before against Bremen. An over 6.5 goals bet in this one is priced at 14/1.