Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Saturday’s football game at RheinEnergieStadion pits together Koln and Mainz, the two mid-table teams. The Billy Goats aim to build on a 3-1 win over Augsburg, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Austria midfielder Dejan Ljubicic is pushing for a start, while Ellyes Skhiri is banned for the match. All Sebastian Andersson, Mark Uth, and Florian Dietz continue to miss out with injuries.
Die Nullfunfer, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous eight league fixtures. Mainz are eager to climb to the Conference League berth, but beating Koln on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Forward Jonathan Burkardt misses out with a knee injury, but there are no suspended players in the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Hector):
Jonas Hector is a product of Koln’s youth school. The left back was born on 27 May, 1990 in Saarbrucken and he began his youth career at SV Auersmacher. In 2010 he joined FC Koln and he made 63 league appearances for the reserve team between 2010 and 2013. Ever since he made his debut for the senior team on 27 August, 2012 he has been playing regularly for the Billy Goats and he certainly helped the team return to Bundesliga at the end of the 2013/2014 campaign.
Jonas Hector made his Germany debut on 14 November, 2014 in a 4-0 win over Gibraltar. The left-footed defender scored his first goal for the German national team on 29 March, 2016 in a 4-1 victory over Italy in Munich.
Hector represented his homeland at the 2016 European Championship finals in France and he scored the winner from the penalty spot in the quarter-final against Italy. Hector is capable of playing as a midfielder as well.
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.