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May 3, 2021 at 5pm UK at Coface Arena
Mainz 05Mainz 05
1-1
Hertha BerlinHertha Berlin
Mwene (40')
Bell (18'), Barreiro (72')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Tousart (36')
Tousart (39'), Cunha (67'), Ascacibar (74')

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

Sports Mole previews Monday's Bundesliga clash between Mainz 05 and Hertha Berlin, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Mainz 05 take on Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Monday, with the visitors competing for the first time in over three weeks after suffering a COVID-19 outbreak in April.

Mainz, meanwhile, have moved five points clear of the relegation zone after three successive victories.


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Mainz 05 coach Bo Svensson reacts on April 24, 2021© Reuters

It has been a remarkable turnaround for Mainz since appointing Bo Svensson as their manager at the turn of the year, with the 41-year-old winning half of his 16 matches in charge to all but guide them to safety.

Die Nullfunfer lost each of their opening six matches of the season and were marooned alongside Schalke 04 at the bottom of the table during the winter break, but a shock 2-1 win against league leaders Bayern Munich continued a fine run of form, which has seen Svensson's side remarkably take 16 points from the last 18 on offer.

Jonathan Burkardt and Robin Quaison handed the hosts a two-goal half-time lead against the Bavarians, who were surprisingly lacklustre given that a victory would have wrapped up a ninth successive Bundesliga title for them.

Robert Lewandowski's injury-time strike proved nothing more than a consolation goal, with Mainz hoping to move further away from FC Koln and Hertha - who currently occupy the relegation playoff position and first automatic relegation spot respectively - on Monday.

Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai pictured on April 10, 2021© Reuters

While Hertha's position in the table looks ominous, Pal Dardai's side do have the advantage of two or three games in hand on most sides in the division after their recent COVID-19 outbreak put a pause on their season.

Die Alte Dame have not taken to the field since the 2-2 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach on April 10, with Dardai's side squandering an excellent opportunity to record a victory on that day after Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer was sent off in only the 13th minute.

At this stage of the season it is points on the board which ultimately count for more than anything, with Hertha heading into Monday's meeting against Mainz three points behind Koln and four points behind Werder Bremen and Arminia Bielefeld in 14th and 15th places respectively.

Given that Werder have lost seven successive league matches, Hertha should feel confident of catching them in particular given that they have three matches in hand on them.

However, with five league matches to come in the next 13 days, fatigue could be a major issue for Dardai's players after more than three weeks away from competitive action.

Mainz 05 Bundesliga form:
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

Hertha Berlin Bundesliga form:
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D



Team News

Mainz 05's Robin Quaison celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates on April 24, 2021© Reuters

Mainz's only absentees are fringe players Luca Kilian and Paul Nebel, who are both facing a race against time to feature this season due to hip and foot injuries respectively.

Svensson may choose to reward the same XI which dispatched Bayern, but Stefan Bell, Jean-Paul Boetius and Daniel Brosinski in particular will be pushing hard for recalls.

There remains much uncertainty surrounding the Hertha players' availability, meanwhile, after self-isolation rules were enforced on them in mid-April.

Rune Jarstein, Marvin Plattenhardt and Dodi Lukebakio are all doubts due to the virus, while Luca Netz and Eduard Lowen have been ruled out for the rest of the campaign due to injury.

Alexander Schwolow will stay in goal, with Krzysztof Piatek likely to replace Lukebakio in attack should the forward be unavailable as expected.

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

Hertha Berlin possible starting lineup:
Schwolow; Klunter, Stark, Dardai; Zeefuik, Ascacibar, Guendouzi, Mittelstadt; Cordoba, Piatek, Cunha


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We say: Mainz 05 2-1 Hertha Berlin

Mainz have been flying of late, so it is hard to see a potentially rusty Hertha side gaining the positive result they need here.

While they should still carry enough attacking threat to score against the hosts, we expect Mainz to all but wrap up their deserved safety for another season.



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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
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