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Mainz v Union Berlin: Bundesliga Match-day 7

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Sunday Bundesliga action from the OPEL Arena, as Mainz take on Union Berlin.

Union Berlin currently sit in eighth place as they travel to sixth placed Mainz.

It’s 10 points so far for Mainz this season, going into this fixture

Mainz have dropped five points in their last two games – a 1-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen and 0-0 draw at SC Freiburg.

Mainz keep finding ways to win, having secured three victories in their last six matches is astonishing this season. With sixth, they currently sit 10 points in the League having won three meetings, drawn one game, and lost two fixtures.

Playing at home, Mainz have won two matches and drawn one game.

A victory for Mainz would put them on 13 points.

A solid defensive team

Defence begins with attack and Mainz have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding three goals in their previous matches. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this Bundesliga season. The number of goals that a team scores can sometimes give a misleading impression of performance. Mainz have found the net six times, but their performance at times this season has been average. This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Marcus Ingvartsen (1), Moussa Niakhate (1), and Kevin Stoger (1).

Mainz are likely to be missing three of their key players when they start Sunday’s game, due to injury and illness.

Union Berlin’s Bundesliga season, has so far seen them gain nine points, going into this game

Union Berlin will be keen to retain their winning form, having beaten Arminia Bielefeld 1-0 in their last match.

A draw statistic of three in six games is not all bad, but unfortunately will not bring the success Urs Fischer’s men wishes for ultimately. They currently sit in eighth place, with a total of nine points having won two fixtures, drawn three games, and lost one game.

Playing away from home, Union Berlin have drawn one game and lost one game.

A win in this fixture, would take Union Berlin’s points from 9 to 12, so far this season.

Going into Sunday’s game, Urs Fischer without one of his players, due to illness or injury.

Mainz v Union Berlin – Head-to-Head.

Mainz and Union Berlin have faced each other 10 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Mainz’s favour (5 – 3). Also, Mainz recent form against Union Berlin has been outstanding, winning on four out of the last five meetings. In their most recent meeting of this fixture was February 2021 and the score line ended up with a 1-0 away win for The 05ers. The likelihood of both sides getting on the scoresheet again in the OPEL Arena is rated at 54.64%.

Union Berlin to win – probability = 27.03 percent.

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