Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Wednesday’s German Cup at Opel Arena pits together Mainz and Bochum, the two sides who meet for the first time since 2010 when they faced each other in the Bundesliga. Mainz aim to put an end to their five-game winless run, but the clash against Bochum will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Die Nullfunfer failed to find the net in the previous three league fixtures, but they are surely capable of finding the net against the 2. Bundesliga side.
Thomas Reis’ troops have been impressive at home ground of late, but given their anything but good away record, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Mainz. The likes of Mwene, Oztunali, and Szalai remain in the recovery room for the hosts, but key players are likely to start against Bochum, who conceded five goals in total in the previous two away games in 2. Bundesliga.
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.