Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Leipzig play host to Mainz at their Red Bull Arena in the opening match of the season. The Red Bulls aim to build on the German Cup triumph (3-0) over Nurnberg, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Leipzig continue life without top scorer Timo Werner, who joined Chelsea in the summer, but his replacement Hee-Chan Hwang is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Mainz, on the other hand, finished the last Bundesliga campaign in 13th position in the standings, six points clear of the relegation zone. Die Nullfunfer are eyeing yet another elite division survival, but they should not be looking for points in away games against title-chasing clubs. Mainz are not regarded as good travellers, and they are unlikely to spoil Leipzig’s party at Red Bull Arena. Summer signing Luca Killian is likely to make his Mainz debut against Leipzig.
Highlighted Player (Patrik Schick):
Patrick Schick is a Czech Republic international who plays for Sampdoria as a striker. Schick was born in Prague on January 24, 1996 and he started his career at the youth team of his home-town club Sparta Prague. The 187-cm-tall attacker, played only four games for the capital club before moving to Bohemians 1905 on loan in 2015.
After ending his loan spell with the Klokani, Patrick Schick moved to Italy, signing a deal with Serie A side Sampdoria for a fee of €4 million. The Czech footballer has been playing for La Samp ever since and you should know that he scored 11 goals in 32 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign.
The talented striker, who is very good in the air, scored on his debut for Czech Republic in a 6-0 win over Malta in May 2016. Patrick Schick’s preferred foot is left and his contract with Sampdoria should expire on June 30, 2020.
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.