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Dec 19, 2020 at 2.30pm UK at Coface Arena
Mainz 05Mainz 05
0-1
Werder BremenWerder Bremen

Barreiro (73'), Niakhate (82')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Dinkci (90')
Eggestein (50'), Gross (90+5')

Preview: Mainz 05 vs. Werder Bremen - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Mainz 05 and Werder Bremen, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Mainz 05 welcome Werder Bremen to the Opel Arena on Saturday afternoon with both sides desperate for three points in their fight for survival.

Jan-Moritz Lichte's men are winless in their last four matches, but Bremen's equally poor form will give them hope that they can turn their fortunes around.


Match preview

Mainz manager Jan-Moritz Lichte pictured on November 7, 2020© Reuters

Mainz have made a dreadful start to the new Bundesliga campaign, winning just one of their opening 12 games.

Their six-point haul has left them in 17th position and four points from safety, with relegation already appearing a real possibility for Die Nullfunfer despite the season only being a few months old.

Goals have been a major concern for Lichte's side in 2020-21, with their 12 efforts making them the third-lowest scorers in the German top flight.

More concerning than that, however, is how star striker Jean-Philippe Mateta is responsible for over half of Mainz's total. The Frenchman's seven efforts mean he is joint-sixth on the goalscoring charts and makes the relegation candidates extremely reliant upon the 23-year-old's performances.

Bremen began 2020-21 well, winning two of their opening three league games, but things have gone drastically downhill since then.

Die Werderane are without a win since a 1-0 victory over Arminia Bielefeld in early October, drawing five and losing five of their next 10 matches.

Florian Kohfeldt's men come into this one on the back of a four-game losing streak, although the fixture list has been particularly tough in recent weeks.

Bremen have faced Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig in their last five fixtures, so will welcome the trip to Mainz as somewhat of a reprieve.

Mainz 05 Bundesliga form: DWDLLD

Werder Bremen Bundesliga form: DDLLLL


Team News

Werder Bremen manager Florian Kohfeldt pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Experienced forward Adam Szalai is a big miss for Mainz, with the 33-year-old Hungary international suffering from a meniscus injury.

Right-back Phillipp Mwene is ruled out, alongside winger Levin Oztunali who is sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Mateta should come back into the starting XI after being rested against Hertha Berlin last time out.

Kohfeldt is expected to be without winger Milot Rashica (hamstring) and centre-forwards Niclas Fullkrug (calf) and David Selke (thigh) once again, with the trio failing to recover in time from their respective problems.

That means young American John Sargent will continue up-front despite bagging just one goal all season.

Mainz 05 possible starting lineup:
Zentner; Caricol, Niakhate, Hack, St.Juste, Fernandes; Stoger, Kunde, Barreiro; Quaison, Mateta

Werder Bremen possible starting lineup:
Pavlenka; Gross, Toprak, Friedl; Gebre Selassie, Eggestein, Mbom, Mohwald, Augustinsson; Sargent, Osako


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We say: Mainz 05 1-1 Werder Bremen

Neither side are in any sort of form coming into this one, and it could be a close affair of few chances. Both clubs will see this as a huge opportunity to get their seasons back on track, and they could end up cancelling each other out.

A share of the spoils would not help either cause greatly, but it could be important come the end of the campaign.


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2RB Leipzig34198760322865
3Borussia DortmundDortmund342041075462964
4Wolfsburg341710761372461
5Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt341612669531660
6Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen3414101053391452
7Union BerlinUnion Berlin34121485043750
8Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach341310116456849
9Stuttgart34129135655145
10Freiburg34129135252045
11Hoffenheim341110135254-243
12Mainz 0534109153956-1739
13Augsburg34106183654-1836
14Hertha Berlin34811154152-1135
15Arminia Bielefeld3498172652-2635
16FC Koln3489173460-2633
RWerder Bremen34710173657-2131
RSchalke 04Schalke3437242586-6116

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