- Opel Arena
- Mainz have won three of their last four home games
- Arminia Bielefeld have won only one of their last nine
- The shot-shy visitors have failed to score in five of their last six games
Mainz should enhance their survival hopes
A big game at the bottom of the Bundesliga sees Mainz play host to Arminia Bielefeld and it is Die Nullfunfer who can take a giant leap towards their survival.
15th-placed Mainz are only two points clear of second-bottom Arminia Bielefeld, but Bo Svensson will know a victory for his side will stand them in great stead for the remainder of the season.
Despite their lowly league position, Mainz have been transformed in 2021 and they have avoided defeat in eight of their 11 last matches, winning back-to-back games.
In fact, Mainz have won five of their last nine league fixtures and since the turn of the year they have claimed draws against Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen and recorded victories over Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Mainz are currently outperforming their league position and they should be able to maintain their strong finish at home to Arminia Bielefeld, who have lost seven of their 12 away league games.
Svennson’s side have won three of their last four home league games, accounting for top-eight trio Leipzig, Union Berlin and Freiburg, and this fixture shouldn’t prove any more demanding.
Goals have been a big problem for the struggling visitors this season and they are the second-lowest scorers in the division with just 20 goals in 26 matches.
Arminia, who have recorded only one win in nine, have failed to score in five of their last six games and their troubles may continue at the Opel Arena.
We predict Mainz to triumph and are selecting them to win 1-0 – their last two home victories ended that way.
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