By Miloš Kovačević

When: 09:30 AM EST, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Betting Line: OFF

TV Coverage: Fox Soccer 2GO USA, Fox Sports GO, Fox Sports 2 USA

 

FSV Mainz 05 (9-5-15) will attempt to remain unbeaten at Allianz Arena against fatigued Bayern Munich (21-6-2) on Saturday. In the reverse played at Opel Arena in Mainz, Carlo Ancelotti’s men quickly bounced back after conceding in the fourth minute of the game, when Cordoba scored for Mainz. Only four minutes later, Robert Lewandowski found the equalizer, followed by Arjen Robben’s goal that put Bayern up front before the halftime whistle. There were no goals seen until the 2nd minute of extra time when Polish forward scored his second of the day.

Both teams are having problems of their own – FSV Mainz 05 are dragged into the relegation battle after a horrible run in March and April. The team from Opel Arena occupies the 15th position with 32 points, but only due to the better goal difference than FC Augsburg’s. The hosts failed to score at BayArena in the previous round in a 0-0 stalemate against Leverkusen, but also the fatigue and the lack of motivation can certainly influence Carlo Ancelotti’s men in the remaining Bundesliga matches. 

FSV Mainz 05

After a woeful five-game losing streak, FSV Mainz finally got back on winning track on Saturday, otherwise, they would be sitting in the relegation play-off spot. Despite they had 17 goal attempts against Hertha BSC Berlin, FSV Mainz’s attack was a significant threat – they even failed to score since Hertha BSC’s centre-back Brooks scored an own goal in the closing minutes of the first half. Mainz’s away record this season is causing headaches for Martin Schmidt – ten defeats, one draw, and only three victories with 12 goals netted and 25 conceded. Schmidt’s men lost 9 out of last 10 Bundesliga visits, while the last three defeats were with a one goal margin only. 

FC Bayern Munich

The Bavarians are impatient to lift another Bundesliga title since they are eight points clear from RB Leipzig. However, since Robert Lewandowski’s injury, Carlo Ancelotti’s men were unable to find the net in Bundesliga. In Leverkusen, Bayer were down to ten men in the last half an hour, but the Bavarians failed to create scoring possibilities, therefore the match ended 0-0, a result no one could predict. The hosts might be unfocused after the trip to Spain where they met Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Aside from Bundesliga title, the Bavarians will aim for the DFB-Pokal trophy, where they will face Borussia Dortmund in the third Der Klassiker of the season. In Bundesliga, Bayern Munich are undefeated in 36 out of last 38 matches.

Free Kicks

1. Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund’s Aubameyang are top scorers in German top flight with 26 goals each.

2. FSV Mainz 05 managed to score in 3 out of last 4 Allianz Arena visits.

3. Bayern Munich scored at least three in 6 out of last 7 home matches in the domestic league.

The Pick
The guests will probably park the bus in Munich and hope that Bayern will play another goalless match, especially since Robert Lewandowski’s appearance is under the question mark due to a shoulder injury he picked up two weeks ago. 

FC Bayern Munich 2, FSV Mainz 0