Bayern Munich will be looking to extend their winning run in the Bundesliga to six games when they take on Mainz at OPEL ARENA on Matchday 20. The Bavarians dropped Leipzig’s advantage in the Bundesliga table to only one point at the weekend as they hammered Schalke 5-0 at their Allianz Arena. Hans Dieter-Flick’s men aim to regain top position in the standings. Fans believe that Bayern will keep their attacking style of play against Mainz.
A Player-to-Watch in the away team will be Robert Lewandowski. He has been scoring goals for fun in the English elite division this term. Mainz, on the other hand, are unlikely to be capable of matching the reigning champions.
After five lost Bundesliga outings in six, Mainz are likely set for a painful afternoon. In mitigation, three of the previous four losses therein came against teams inside the top-five as of Monday. Mainz managed to score only a singe goal against those teams.
In isolation, Mainz’ five-game Bundesliga home form is also dreadful (one win and four losses), with three of the losses each seeing them defeate one half ‘to-nil’ by a margin of over 1.5 goals. Notably, they have also lost 75% of their last four Bundesliga home Head-to-Heads by a handicap.
Bayern visit their Rhineside opponents after five straight league wins. Their average margin of victory across that sequence was 3.6, with the -3.5 handicap overturned in 60% (three) of those wins. Each of that emphatic trio saw Bayern Munich win the second half by a margin of 3+ goals, accompanied by a clean sheet.
Speaking of margins, Six of Bayern’s last seven away wins in the league have seen the champions win by 2+ goals. Five of them witnessed ‘Die Roten’ win both halves, with Bayern taking the lead inside the opening 20 minutes of play.
Stat Attack and Players to Watch
Mainz: Veteran Ádám Szalai has scored four of his last five Bundesliga goals inside the 61st-75th minute period.
Bayern Munich: Bayern’s Brazilian ball-winner Thiago Alcântara scored the decisive goal in last season’s league visit here (2-1), netting it within that same period.
Three of Mainz’s last four home league wins saw them concede the opener.
Bayern have conceded exactly once inside the 46th-60th minute period in three of their last five away league games. On the other hand, Four of Bayern’s last six Bundesliga away wins have seen them score exactly twice in the second half.