FC Koln vs. Mainz 05 5/17/20 German Bundesliga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

FC Koln vs. Mainz 05 5/17/20 German Bundesliga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by

Mainz 05 (8-2-15) at FC Koln (10-2-13)

Bundesliga Soccer: Sunday May 17, 2020 at 9:30 AM (RheinEnergieStadion)

The Line: FC Koln +100 / Draw +265 / Mainz 05 +260 -- O/U: 3 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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We have some Bundesliga soccer action on Sunday morning as FC Koln play host to Mainz 05 from the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne. 

FC Koln come into this match sitting in 10th position on 32 points with a record of 10 wins, 2 draws and 13 losses, five points behind sixth place Schalke for the last European qualification spot awarded to the Bundesliga. The Billy Goats had their run of three straight wins snapped with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach in their last game before the mandated hiatus due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in mid-March. In that match, Koln fell behind just after the half hour mark before doubling that hole thanks to an own goal from Jorge Mere. Mark Uth pulled a goal back for Koln with 10 minutes to play in regular time, but it wasn’t enough as Koln went away empty-handed. Jhon Cordoba leads Koln in scoring with 10 goals while Florian Kainz leads the Billy Goats in assists with 6 helpers. Timo Horn is Koln’s #1 goalkeeper, allowing an average of 1.72 goals conceded per 90 minutes with 6 clean sheets this season.

Mainz 05 on the other hand, are in a dogfight near the bottom of the Bundesliga table, coming in with a record of 8 wins, 2 draws and 15 losses on 26 points, just four points clear of the relegation playoff spot that Fortuna Dusseldorf currently hold onto. Mainz kept their distance against Fortuna with a 1-1 draw in their last appearance before the COVID break, making it points in 4 of their last 5 games. Levin Oztunali headed one home to give Mainz the lead just after the hour mark, but after a sending off with less than a quarter of an hour to go, Dusseldorf found an equalizer with five minutes of regular time to go, sharing the spoils with Mainz. Robin Quaison leads Mainz in scoring with 12 goals while Jean-Paul Boetius and Karim Onisiwo each have a team-high 5 assists. Robin Zentner is Mainz’s top keeper, but he owns just 3 clean sheets this season and is conceding an average of 1.81 goals per 90 minutes this season.

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Mainz won the first meeting between the two this season and it’s worth noting that the home team’s gone 4-1-0 in the last 5 head-to-head meetings. Also worth noting is that this game will be without spectators, so that negates a home field advantage that had me leaning towards Koln here. With all of that said, Mainz has had time during this break to realize the position they’ve put themselves in, and I just think they’re the more desperate club here to get a result from the match to put some space at the bottom of the table, especially with Fortuna Dusseldorf having an extremely winnable game against last-placed Paderborn on Saturday. I’ll take my chances with Mainz and the draw on a double chance. 

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Chris’s Pick Mainz 05 / Draw Double Chance (-137)

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