RB Leipzig continue their challenge for the Champions League places with a trip to Mainz this weekend. The visitors’ title bid is surely over now, but this is a favourable game for Die Roten Bullen to get back on track.
Where and when: Opel Arena – 24 May, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Mainz vs. RB Leipzig: BT Sport
Last time: Timo Werner helped himself to a hat-trick as Leipzig thrashed Mainz 8-0 at the Red Bull Arena at the start of November.
Mainz v RB Leipzig Predictions and Preview
RB Leipzig have drawn their last three Bundesliga matches, with a run of just two wins from their last eight fixtures putting pay to their loft title ambitions. Now seven points behind league leaders Bayern Munich, Die Bullen still have plenty to play for this season.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side are fourth in the table, in touch with second-placed Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach in third, and a point ahead of fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen. And considering they absolutely destroyed Mainz just a matter of months ago, the home team must be fearing the worst here.
At least there won’t be any fans inside the stadium to witness another massacre if that is indeed what transpires. With Die Nullfunfer down in 15th in the table and coming into this game on the back of a run of only two wins from their last 10 Bundesliga fixtures, that is what we could be in for here.
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Over 4.5 goals
Leipzig to win 4-2
Werner to score first
At the very least, this game looks like being a high-scoring affair. Last season’s corresponding fixture finished in a 3-3 draw where Mainz came back from 3-1 down to claim a late point. The seven meetings between the teams since they first locked horns in November 2016 have yielded an astonishing 35 goals, at an average of five per game.
Indeed, only one of those eight matches has seen less than four goals, a 3-0 home win for Mainz in April 2018. The home team are 11/2 to claim all three points this weekend, while Leipzig are the 4/9 favourites and the draw’s priced at 4/1.
One to watch for Mainz: Swedish forward Robin Quaison has banged in 12 goals from 25 Bundesliga appearances so far this season. He has three times the number of goals any of his teammates have managed, and is 17/2 to break the deadlock on Sunday.
One to watch for RB Leipzig: Timo Werner has already netted 27 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions this term. The 24-year-old is one of the hottest properties in European football right now, and 29/10 to further enhance his reputation by opening the scoring here.
Long shot: Leipzig have won four of the seven Bundesliga meetings between these teams, scoring 18 goals in the process, at an average of 4.5 per game. Another 8-0 victory is extremely unlikely, but an eventful 4-2 away win could be tempting at 35/1, as the teams share six goals at the Opel Arena once again.