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Feb 28, 2021 at 2.30pm UK at Coface Arena
Mainz 05Mainz 05
0-1
AugsburgAugsburg

Latza (44')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Hahn (25')
Framberger (45'), Strobl (76')

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

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Bundesliga clash between Mainz 05 and Augsburg, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Mainz 05 take on Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday in a potentially crucial encounter at the bottom of the table.

The two sides come into this contest in contrasting form, with Mainz taking 10 points from their last five games to move within one point of safety and six points behind Augsburg.


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Mainz 05 coach Bo Svensson pictured in February 2021© Reuters

Since appointing former player Bo Svensson as their manager at the start of the calendar year, Mainz have dramatically improved, with three wins in their last five league games providing the club with a serious opportunity of pulling off a fantastic escape from relegation.

Indeed, it was not long ago that they were marooned at the bottom of the table with Schalke 04, but last weekend's 2-1 win at Borussia Monchengladbach demonstrated their growing belief and resolve under their new manager.

Karim Onisiwo smashed the visitors into an early lead after latching onto Jeremiah St Juste's long punt forward, before Lars Stindl levelled the proceedings 20 minutes before half-time. Gladbach had several half-chances to take the lead, but Kevin Stoger scored from the bench for the second successive matchday to steal a crucial victory for Svensson's side.

While their form will rightly encourage the 41-year-old, though, he will be only too aware that there is a long way to go before Mainz can rest on their laurels. A win against Augsburg on Sunday, however, could finally see them escape the relegation zone, while simultaneously dragging a rival right into the mix.

FC Augsburg's Florian Niederlechner celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates on January 23, 2021© Reuters

Indeed, after making a superb start to the current campaign, Augsburg's form has since significantly dipped, with Heiko Herrlich's side taking only four points from their last eight league games.

However, there were green shoots of improvement in the 1-1 draw against Bayer Leverkusen last weekend, with a dreadful mistake by opposition goalkeeper Niklas Lomb allowing Florian Niederlechner to open the scoring after five minutes. The inexperienced deputy attempted to clear the ball with his left foot, but accidentally touched it with his standing foot before losing balance, with Niederlechner tapping into an empty net.

The 30-year-old proved a thorn in Leverkusen's side throughout the game, with his teammates preying on the visitors' defensive nervousness by going route one to Niederlechner, who fired narrowly over before the break.

Perhaps rallied by Peter Bosz, the Europa League side improved afterwards, but looked like falling short until Edmond Tapsoba sunk Augsburg's hearts by snatching a point with the last kick of the game after Demarai Gray's superb cross from the right flank.

Herrlich will be hoping his side can impose themselves on the game more against a fellow struggling side on Sunday, while taking confidence from the fact that his side had three shots on target against a team with Champions League qualification aspirations, which was a major improvement on previous matches.

Mainz 05 Bundesliga form: LWLWDW

Augsburg Bundesliga form: LWLLLD


Team News

RB Leipzig's Lukas Klostermann and Mainz 05's Robin Quaison in action in May 2020© Reuters

Mainz are likely to be without Robin Quaison and Edmilson Fernandes due to knee and ankle injuries respectively, but otherwise Svensson appears to have a clean bill of health to choose from.

Stoger will be hoping his heroics from the bench against Leverkusen and Gladbach will earn him for a start, but his manager may prefer to keep the option of utilising him up his sleeve until later in the game.

Augsburg, meanwhile, will travel to Mainz without the injured trio of Iago, Alfred Finnbogason and Fredrik Jensen.

Herrlich may be tempted to restore Andre Hahn to the starting XI, with Laszlo Benes's place under threat.

Mainz 05 possible starting lineup:
Zentner; St Juste, Bell, Niakhate; Da Costa, Barreiro, Kohr, Mwene; Latza; Szalai, Onisiwo

Augsburg possible starting lineup:
Gikiewicz; Framberger, Gouweleeuw, Uduokhai, Pedersen; Strobl, Khedira; Caligiuri, Hahn, Vargas; Niederlechner


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We say: Mainz 05 1-1 Augsburg

We can envisage a cagey encounter at Mainz on Sunday, with neither side wanting to lose ground on the relegation rivals around them in the table.

Mainz are undoubtedly playing with the greater confidence at the moment, but Augsburg have a long-standing ability to dig in under Herrlich, so may prove tough to beat.



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2RB Leipzig28186452232960
3Wolfsburg28159449262354
4Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt281411359401953
5Borussia DortmundDortmund281441058411746
6Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen28128845321344
7Union BerlinUnion Berlin2891364234840
8Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach28101084843540
9Stuttgart2810995044639
10Freiburg28107114042-237
11Augsburg2895142942-1332
12Hoffenheim2887134147-631
13Werder Bremen2879123243-1130
14Mainz 052877143048-1828
15Hertha Berlin2868143448-1426
16Arminia Bielefeld2875162246-2426
17FC Koln2858152750-2323
18Schalke 04Schalke2827191871-5313

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