Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Opel Arena will host Saturday’s football game between Mainz and Union Berlin, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table ahead of Matchday 20. Die Nullfunfer aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Stuttgart, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Union Berlin. In their last home game in the Bundesliga Mainz defeated star-studded Leipzig, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Union Berlin.
The capital club, on the other hand, have been performing above all expectations in the 2020/21 Bundesliga season, with the team sitting in 8th position in the standings after 19 rounds. Anyhow, we are tempted to put our money on die Nullfunfer this time out as they want this win more than the visitors. Sweden attacker Robin Quaison, who suffered an injury in the defeat to Stuttgart, is unlikely to feature against Union Berlin.
Highlighted Player (Jean-Philippe Mateta):
A talented French youngster Jean-Philippe Mateta worked his way up through football’s less glamorous landscapes plying his trade at local amateur sides and third-tier outfits before Ligue 1 giants Lyon took notice of his 11 goals in 22 matches and brought him to the big league.
Having failed to make it into the first team in a debut season with Les Gones, Mateta was shipped out to Le Havre, leading the club to promotion play-offs. Bundesliga side Mainz took notice of his ability and came calling in the summer of 2018 after he bagged 17 goals in 35 league matches. An imposing physical presence at his 192cm, Mateta is a mobile forward and a decent dribbler who can finish with both of his feet.
Having worked his way up from the very bottom, Jean-Philippe Mateta is a committed individual determined to make a name for himself. His impressive goalscoring record got rewarded in the form of France U19 call-up in 2017.
Highlighted Team (Union Berlin):
Union Berlin are a German football club originally founded back in 1906. Die Eisernen play home games at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei which can hold up to 22,012 spectators. Union Berlin’s home kit is red, with the team wearing white shirts and white shorts on the travels.
Union Berlin finished the 1923 domestic campaign as runners-up, with the team suffering a 3-0 loss to Hamburger SV in the title game. Speaking of the club’s biggest success in the German Cup, die Eisernen made it to the final of the competition in the 2000/2001 season. Schalke, though, proved to be a big catch for Union Berlin in the decider, with Jorg Bohme scoring a brace for die Knappen (2-0).
Union Berlin will face their local rivals Hertha in the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season as they secured promotion to the German top flight, but Hansa Rostock are considered the club’s main rivals.