Mainz 05 vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 5/30/20 German Bundesliga Soccer Picks and Prediction
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (11-6-11) at Mainz 05 (8-4-16)
Bundesliga Soccer: Saturday May 30, 2020 at 9:30 AM (Opel Arena)
The Line: Mainz 05 +165 / Draw +260 / Hoffenheim +135 -- O/U: 3.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Mainz 05 and Hoffenheim square off in German Bundesliga soccer action from the Opel Arena on Saturday morning.
Mainz 05 enter this match sitting in 15th place, just one point above the relegation zone on 28 points with a record of 8 wins, 4 draws and 16 losses following a 1-1 tie with Union Berlin in their last outing. In the match against Union, Bote Baku gave Mainz the lead after just 13 minutes but Berlin would tie the game at one just 20 minutes later. Mainz would be unable to take advantage of a Berlin sending off in the 41st minute as both sides held serve the rest of the way. Robin Quaison leads Mainz in scoring with 12 goals while Karim Onisiwo and Jean-Paul Boetius each have 5 assists this season.
Hoffenheim on the other hand, enter the match in 7th place, sitting on 39 points with a record of 11 wins, 6 draws and 11 losses after picking up an all-important three points in the form of a 3-1 win over Koln in their last match. Christoph Baumgartner gave Hoffenheim the lead just 11 minutes into the match and held the upper hand as Koln went down to 10 men with a red card just 15 minutes later. Hoffenheim almost had a 2-0 lead going into the halftime break but a second goal from Baumgartner was disallowed via VAR. Baumgartner wouldn’t be denied though, picking up his 2nd goal just a minute after the halftime break and Steven Zuber potted a 3rd Hoffenheim goal just two minutes later. Koln got on the board at the hour mark, but that’s all the damage they’d do as a missed penalty was the closest that Koln would get to scoring the rest of the way. Andrej Kramaric leads Hoffenheim in scoring with 7 goals this season while Baumgartner’s brace puts him on 6 goals this season and Robert Skov has a team-high 5 assists this year.
Mainz as a dog as home is tempting considering that they need points to avoid falling potentially into the relegation zone with Fortuna Dusseldorf in a decent run of form lately. However, Mainz will still be without #1 goalkeeper Robin Zentner for this match, and his backup, Florian Muller, is conceding 3.24 goals per 90 minutes this season. Hoffenheim though, also need points as that all-important 6th league spot is within reach for Europa League next season, and along with the recent surge from Baumgartner, Hoffenheim is probably getting Kramaric back for this game after dealing with an ankle injury, so I’ll back Hoffenheim to pick up the points on the road in this one.