The four-month misery without three points was finally over in Frankfurt. They managed to put an end to it last week although are still on the twelfth on the table. Their chance for Europa League qualification will be fading if they do not endure their positive result. This weekend seems to be a perfect time to do so as Frankfurt only encounter Mainz, which are still struggling to avoid the relegation. Yet, they have been winless in their past five games.
The teams’ latest news
The winning day for Filip Kostic and Co came when travelling to Wolfsburg last week. Against the stronger side which previously trashed Leverkusen 4-1, Frankfurt were under pressure to keep themselves from conceding. The lady luck smiled on them when Andre Silva was tackled by Marin Pongracic. He himself took the penalty and gave his team a necessary lead. Wolfsburg managed to equalise at the second half by taking advantage of what they did best, a dead ball. Kevin Mbabu’s header was a solid proof of their excellent set piece scenario. Fortunately, the host wasted some other decent chances, mainly by Josip Brekalo and Frankurt finally punished them with a winning goal by Daichi Kamada.
Mainz, on the other hand, suffered another loss while hosting Hoffenheim last week by a single goal of Ihlas Bebou. Despite being able to their opponent’s penalty and dominating the game proven by more number of shots on target, including Robin Quaison’s free kick that hit the post, they failed to score any.
Adolf Hutter is likely to deploy 3-4-1-2 or 4-3-1-2 again so that he could maximise their strength on long balls with Flip Kostic and Timothy Chandler as the key men plus playing Daichi Kamada behind the two strikers Bast Dost and Andre Silva. Hopefully they could score more goals and seal a big win.
Mainz boss, Archim Beierlorzer has been in favour of various formations from 3-4-3, 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1. He might opt for the last one with the transition to 4-4-1-1 or even better 5-3-2 by relying on Austrian international Karim Onisiwo and the Swedish striker who could play wide, Robin Quaison at the front.
Players to watch
Frankfurt’s top performers this season are the Serbian international Filip Kostic with nine assists plus four goal, the Austrian defender, Martin Hinteregger as the top scorer and the AC Milan loanee Andre Silva who has scored seven goals and two assists so far. Another notable name to watch is Daichi Kamada.
The Swedish forward Robin Quaison is Mainz’s current key man. He has bagged twelve goals and provided two assists. Some other figures to watch are the wing back Ridle Baku, the defensive midfielder Pierre Kunde and Karim Onisiwo.
Frankfurt vs Mainz Prediction
The home side’s confidence is improving. Thus, they have to optimise it and carry on winning in the remaining five games in Bundesliga. As for the Archim Beierlorzer’s men, only victory could save their campaign and guarantee their place in the top flight next season. However, considering both form lately, the prospective three points might go to Adolf Hutter’s men.
The game seems to be less even than expected despite the fact that both teams are on the lower table. Frankfurt are still the favourite with the odds to win at 1.97, whereas Mainz’s win market are only at 3.70. The draw result is slightly lower at the value of 3.80.