Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Europa-Park Stadion will host Saturday’s Bundesliga game between Freiburg and Mainz, the two teams who shared the spoils with Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin respectively in their last league fixtures. Christian Streich’s troops are eager to regain top position, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Defender Kimberly Ezekwem remains on the sidelines through suspension, while both Roland Sallai and Lucas Holer are out of contention with injuries.
Die Nullfunfer, on the other hand, are only one point behind the Conference League berth, but given their shaky defence, we predict that Freiburg will return to winning ways on Matchday 8. Anthony Caci is pushing for a start after scoring a late equalizer in the 1-1 draw with Hertha, while fellow defender Alexander Hack is banned for the match. All Marlon Mustapha, Edmilson Fernandes, and Jonathan Burkardt miss out with injuries for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Nils Petersen):
Son to a football coach, Andreas, the Freiburg striker Nils Petersen is a physical forward best known for his clinical finishing. A former Bayern Munich striker never got a chance to prove his worth with Bundesliga giants and had to take a long road to prominence which included loan spells at Werder Bremen and Freiburg, before penning a permanent deal with Die Breisaguer in 2015.
Petersen’s impressive exploits during the 2017/18 season helped him get into Germany’s provisional FIFA World Cup 2018 squad although his father Andreas would argue it was his personal influence that helped Joachim Loew write his son’s name in the 23-man list. Namely, Andres Piteresen spotted the Germany manager on a beach in January and decided to ask him about his son’s chances of making it into Germany World Cup squad.
Piteresen was rewarded with his senior Germany cap in an Austria friendly but unfortunately for his father missed out on the final squad for the tournament in Russia.
Highlighted Team (Mainz):
1. FSV Mainz 05 is a German football club from the city Mainz. The club managed to reach the highest German football division the Bundesliga in 2009. FSV Mainz was founded in 1905. The club host it’s home game in the Coface Arena which holds a capacity of 35 000 seats. The stadium was build in 2011 and is considered as one of the most modern stadiums in the nation. De most known nickname for FSV Mainz is Die 05’er. The club colours are red and white.
FSV Mainz never won a title in their history. Not in the Bundesliga and not even in the 2. Bundesliga or the 3. Bundesliga. Mainz managed to reach the UEFA Cup in 2005/2006 where they lost against Sevilla FC. In 2011/2012 and 2014/2015 the club from Mainz got knocked out in the qualification stage.
Known players that played in the Mainz kit in their career are: Holtby, Schurrle, Klop pand Subotic.