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As the Bundesliga 2021-22 season progresses in its 23rd week, Bayer Leverkusen will once again hit the road, to take on hosts Mainz on Friday.
With just 12 matches to go, Leverkusen currently occupies the third spot on the points table, 5 points behind Dortmund, and 11 points behind the toppers Bayern Munich. Given the form of Bayern Munich, a top finish looks almost impossible for Leverkusen, but it can definitely play for a second spot finish. The team’s recent form has been great, as it comes into this contest on the back of 4 consecutive victories. In fact, the last time Leverkusen lost a game was back in December, prior to the winter break. Gerardo Seoane will be happy with his team's performance and hope that they build upon this stellar run.
The hosts have suffered a bad run of late, but have managed to pull back slightly in the last two games, with a win and a draw. The team currently sits on the 9th spot with 31 points and is locked in a fierce battle, which has 7 teams separated by just 3 points. With more than 12 matches yet to be played for all the teams, Mainz can definitely try for a European finish and even set its sights on a Champions League run. But in order to achieve that dream, Bo Svensson’s team must look to collect maximum points from each upcoming game.
Match prediction and betting tips for FSV Mainz 05 vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen Bundesliga 2021-23. The match is going to be played at the MEWA Arena, Mainz, on 18th February 2022.
Bo Svensson is expected to start with a 3-5-2 formation for this crucial game and has a full set of players to choose from, barring the exception of Jeremiah St Juste who is nursing a shoulder injury. Much of the hopes of the team rests on Jonathan Burkhardt, who is himself looking to get out of a lean patch.
On the other hand, Patrik Schick from Leverkusen has scored 19 goals so far, making him the second-highest scorer for the season, behind Lewandowski. Andrey Lunyov, Julian Baumgartlinger, Sardar Azmoun, and Karim Bellarabi will be missing this key fixture, while Mitchel Bakker will be serving a suspension.
Mainz has done exceptionally well to stay off the relegation zone, and in fact, move into the top 10. However, they are unlikely to pose a credible threat to the visitors.
Bet on Bayer Leverkusen to win.
We think the odds on offer for this bet are pretty good considering the recent history between the two teams. Four out of their previous five matches have finished 1-0 and Over 2.5 goals have only been scored once. With an almost 2x return up for grab, we are happy to bet Under 2.5 goals in this contest as well.