Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
After holding Borussia Dortmund to a 1-1 draw at Signal-Iduna-Park, Mainz will be looking to record their second win of the season when they face Wolfsburg at their Opel Arena. Die Nullfunfer showed character in the draw with Edin Hodzic’s charges, and they are surely capable of matching Wolfsburg at home ground. Switzerland international Fernandes remains in self-isolation, while Kunde Malong is sidelined through injury.
The Wolves, on the other hand, will be without Bruma, Pongracic, and Roussillon in Tuesday’s football match. Wolfsburg played out a 2-2 draw with Leipzig in their last league match, with the team keeping their Champions League hopes alive. Since Wolfsburg are likely to go for a win in the midweek fixture as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. Eight goals in total have been netted in the previous three meetings between the two teams.
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 (Wolfsburg):
Wolfsburg are a German football club founded in the aftermath of the World War II (1945). Die Wolfe (The Wolves) wear green and white shirts and they play their home games at Volkswagen Arena. The capacity of the stadium is 30,000 and it was opened on 13 December, 2002.
It is well known that German car manufacturer Volkswagen are the club’s main sponsors. Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga trophy in 2009 and the likes of Edin Dzeko, Grafite and Zvjezdan Misimovic were part of the club’s golden generation.
You should bear in mind that Grafite and Dzeko scored 54 goals between each other in the 2008/2009 Bundesliga campaign and that the team clinched the trophy thanks to a 5-1 win over Werder Bremen on 23 May, 2009. Die Wolfe won the German Cup trophy in 2015, with the team beating star-studded Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the title game. Wolfsburg are a team that has no bitter rivals in German football.