2019-20 Bundesliga – Mainz vs Freiburg Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Mainz vs Freiburg kick off? Saturday 18th January, 2020 – 14:30 (UK)

Where is Mainz vs Freiburg being played? OPEL ARENA

What TV channel is Mainz vs Freiburg on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to German Bundesliga matches in the UK, so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Mainz vs Freiburg in the UK? If televised, subscribers can stream the match live on the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Mainz vs Freiburg?

Mainz – https://www.eventimsports.de/ols/mainz05/

Freiburg – https://heimspiele-scfreiburg.reservix.de/

What was the score in the last meeting between Mainz & Freiburg? Freiburg 3-0 Mainz

THE TEAM NEWS

MAINZ

  • Having started well under new coach Beierlorzer, Mainz lost three of their four games before the winter break, but they did beat Borussia Dortmund in a friendly last week.
  • Last season's top scorer Mateta got valuable minutes under his belt in that match and is set to make his first start of the season, while fellow striker Ji Dong-Wong is also back after a long-term knee injury.
  • Key man Fernandes is out after suffering a knee injury which requires surgery, so Baku is likely to move back into midfield with Brosinski returning at right-back.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Zentner; Brosinski, St. Juste, Niakhate, Aaron Martin; Oztunali, Baku, Malong, Boetius; Quaison, Mateta

Unavailable: Bell (Injured), Latza (Injured), Fernandes (Injured)

Doubtful: Ji Dong-Wong (Injured)

FREIBURG

  • Freiburg's form dropped off slightly towards the end of the year following an impressive start to the season, and they are winless in six away league matches.
  • The winter break has allowed coach Streich to recover some of his injured players, with Lienhart, Waldschmidt, Tempelmann and Ravet all fully fit again.
  • First-choice goalkeeper Schwolow is also expected to return but Hofler is suspended after collecting five yellow cards and Jeong Wong-Yeong is still on international duty.

Predicted line-up (3-4-3): Schwolow; Lienhart, Koch, Heintz; Schmid, Haberer, Frantz, Gunter; Holer, Petersen, Grifo

Unavailable: Kubler (Injured), Jeong Woo-Yeong (International duty), Hofler (Suspended)

Doubtful: Sallai (Injured), Schlotterbeck (Injured), Schwolow (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Mainz have never lost at home to Freiburg in the Bundesliga in 10 meetings but that could well change on Saturday. The 05ers have lost three of their last four games at the OPEL ARENA and although the visitors are winless in six away outings, they should get something from this one.

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