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Nov 7, 2020 at 2.30pm UK at Coface Arena
Mainz 05Mainz 05
2-2
SchalkeSchalke 04
Brosinski (6' pen.), Mateta (45+2' pen.)
Latza (64')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Uth (36'), St Juste (82' og.)
Kabak (44'), Laumann (54')

Preview: Mainz 05 vs. Schalke 04 - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga match between Mainz 05 and Schalke 04, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Mainz 05 host Schalke 04 as the two sides bottom of the 2020-21 Bundesliga table look for their first win of the campaign.

Mainz's 3-1 defeat at Augsburg sees them remain without a point this season, while Schalke's 1-1 draw at home to Stuttgart keeps them to within a win from potentially moving out of the relegation zone.


Match preview

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

Mainz have had a simply shambolic start to the season, losing all six of their matches, having sacked Achim Beierlorzer at the end of September.

Jan-Moritz Lichte has proved a questionable replacement so far, though, losing all four of his matches since taking over. Despite going into the break 1-0 down at Augsburg last week through a superb overhead kick from Ruben Vargas, Mainz had looked like gaining their first point of the season when Karim Onisiwo levelled the match in the second half after a brilliant counter attack in which Levin Oztunali accurately found the striker from the right touchline.

However, sloppy defending allowed Andre Hahn to fire into the bottom corner in the 80th minute after unselfish play from Alfred Finnbogason teed him up with a knockdown, before Noah Sarenren Bazee strolled through a tiring defence in injury time to square for Hahn to seal the three points with his second of the game.

Lichte must ensure his defence do not give up chances as easily against a side they look almost certain to be competing for survival with this season.

Malick Thiaw poses at the Schalke photoshoot on August 6, 2020© Reuters

Having gained two points from their last three league matches, as well as winning a midweek cup tie at FC Schweinfurt, Manuel Baum may feel his side are on the cusp of gaining their first Bundesliga win since January.

Schalke fans dared to dream of ending the long drought against Stuttgart last weekend when Malick Thiaw's diving header gave his side the lead heading into the half-time interval. However, the newly-promoted outfit were an entirely different proposition after the break, with Nicholas Gonzalez converting a penalty after Salif Sane had clearly handled a shot which looked goalbound.

Ultimately, Baum was probably relieved to take the point and move on after Gonzalo Castro was denied from distance late in the match with Stuttgart rallying for a winner.

He will be hoping his side can build on their improving results by putting distance between themselves and Mainz with a first Bundesliga win for almost ten months.

Mainz 05 Bundesliga form: LLLLLL

Schalke 04 Bundesliga form: LLLDLD
Schalke 04 form (all competitions): LLDLDW


Team News

Schalke 04's Ozan Kabak pictured in action in June 2020© Reuters

Despite remaining without a point in the table, Mainz boss Lichte is in the enviable position of appearing to have no injuries or suspensions to any of his first-team players.

He will surely be tempted to reward Onisiwo with a start after his impact at Augsburg last weekend, with perhaps two up front the way to go against a side he will feel are very beatable.

Ozan Kabak remains suspended for the visitors, meanwhile, with Suat Serdar's hamstring injury keeping him on the sidelines. Andreas Voglsammer is also out with a hairline crack in the foot.

Summer signing Vedad Ibisevic is pushing for a return to the side having scored a brace in the midweek cup win.

Mainz 05 possible starting lineup:
Zentner; St. Juste, Kilian, Niakhate, Brosinski; Latza, Kunde; Oztunali, Quaison; Mateta, Onisiwo

Schalke 04 possible starting lineup:
Ronnow; Thiaw, Sane, Nastasic; Ludewig, Oczipka, Mascarell, Harit, Bozdogan; Ibisevic, Uth


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We say: Mainz 05 1-1 Schalke 04

With defeat disastrous for both sides here, we can see a cagey draw playing out as neither side will want to lose ground on each other in the race to avoid relegation.

Understandably, neither side are playing with much confidence at all at present, so it is unlikely to be one for the purists to savour.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBayern MunichBayern34246499445578
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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