Schalke 04 v Mainz 05 Preview

February 20, 2014 | By

Ladbrokes - £50 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountGerman Bundesliga action Friday Night comes from the Veltins Arena featuring Schalke 04 v Mainz 05.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:30pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Schalke 04 v Mainz 05 Preview, Bundesliga, Friday 21st February 2014

Schalke 04 are flying right now in regards to their current form after winning the last four Bundesliga matches with the last capturing the scalp from second placed Bayer Leverkusen in a 2 – 1 thrilling away game. Before that they also beat Wolfsburg who were snapping at the heels in hope to take over that 4th place Champions League spot. Schalke have done so well recently that they have now caught Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen with only being three points behind.

Mainz 05 have also been playing extremely well as of late even though they did lose to 5th placed Wolfsburg away from home with a 3 – 0 result. But soon recouped and beat Hannover 96 to continue their chase for a European finish of some sorts. Mainz have only lost twice in their last eight Bundesliga games and including the two draws also we have seen them recently rise up the league table into a very respectable 7th.

Schalke 04 v Mainz 05 Team News

Schalke 04 Team News:

Schalke may not have the greatest goal difference in the league yet they are still sitting in 4th position in the Bundesliga which can only mean they are out scoring their opponents or just defending well enough and scoring just what they need. With looking at the clubs top scorers we see three of the teams midfielders either equal with the strikers in regards to goals, or with two of them currently sitting above them as the clubs top scorers. With Jefferson Farfan on eight goals we also see Kevin Prince Boateng just behind on 6 goals.

Mainz 05 Team News:

Mainz 05 are also a side with a midfielder as their clubs top scorer which is Japanese star Shinji Okazaki who has currently netted 9 times in 20 games this season. Behind him we also have another midfielder in Germany’s Nicolia Muller who is sitting on 8 goals so far this season. The only striker to make a significant contribution is Maxim Choupo Moting who is currently on 6 goals so far in this campaign.

Schalke 04 v Mainz 05 Head to Head Statistics

In the last 5 head to head statistics we can see that it is Schalke who come out just on top with 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss and even if we look at the 17 games played in total Schalke also come out on top with 9 wins to Mainz’s 5 with the remaining 3 games ending in draws. Mainz have won twice and drawn once away from home.

14/09/13 BUN Mainz 05 – Schalke 04 0 : 1
16/02/13 BUN Mainz 05 Schalke 04
2 : 2
18/12/12 DFP Schalke 04 – Mainz 05 1 : 2
25/09/12 BUN Schalke 04 Mainz 05 3 : 0
04/02/12 BUN Schalke 04Mainz 05 1 : 1

Average Goals Per Game?

In these 17 games played in the past we have seen a total of 41 goals scored which is giving us an average of 2.4 goals per game which is about right also looking at the last 5 head to head statistics.

Schalke 04 v Mainz 05 Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Schalke 04: W W W W L

Mainz 05:  W L W W W

Both sides head into this match on the back of 5 games showing some great form with both winning four of the games and losing the other. Schalke are the better side right now however with being seven points above their opponents and with being at home will surely have the advantage Friday night.

Schalke 04 v Mainz 05 Match Betting Odds Market.

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Mainz 05 are still seen with a good chance of stealing a win here on Friday with the bookmakers setting the best current odds here @ 4/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers

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Schalke 04 v Mainz 05 Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

If you are a fan of the Bundesliga football and have been following it like I have then you will know that this game Friday night should be a great watch as we sit and admire two clubs who have been in exceptional form recently and have starting to climb the table in quick fashion. A win on Friday night by Schalke will see them jump up into 3rd place for the first time this season and in doing so will place extreme pressure on Borussia Dortmund in their game at the weekend.

A win for Mainz will see them also rise up the table and take over one of the European finishing spots which will of been a huge achievement for all of their hard work in the last month or so. With only seven points behind their opponents Schalke it will be a gap they want to close and could see them in good stead to fight for that 4th place spot and see them instead head into the Champions League next season.

So lets get down to some predictions for this Fridays game, you have to admire how both clubs have played in recent months and although I am not trying to take anything away from the away side for this game but I just cannot see Schalke losing this match when it is so important that they grab that much needed win to take 3rd place briefly. So my first will be for both teams to score and Schalke 04 to win the game. The other is for their to be exactly 2 – 3 goals in the game on Friday night which could prove quite fruitful.

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