Bundesliga – Schalke at home to Mainz
It’s a trip to the Veltins-Arena for eighteenth placed Schalke on Wednesday, as they take on tenth placed Mainz.
Schalke to host Mainz Amid Relegation Battle
Werder Bremen were beaten 2-1 at Weserstadion, the last time that Schalke played.
Also, getting out of a relegation battle requires a string of positive results, but Thomas Reis’s men know that seven losses in seven meetings is a run of form that will be hard to turn around. With six points (1W, 9L and 3D), they are established in eighteenth position in the League having won one game, drawn three matches, and lost nine fixtures.
Schalke have won one game, drawn one game, and lost four games of their six League matches at home this season.
A win in this fixture, would take Schalke’s points from 6 to 9, so far this season.
It is likely that seven key players will miss Wednesday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Thomas Reis and his Schalke team.
Mainz’s Bundesliga season, has so far seen them gain 18 points, going into this game
Returning to match-winning form, following a defeat is always a tough challenge, but that is what Mainz need now, after their loss to Wolfsburg at Opel Arena.
Also, some statistics are more relevant than others they say, and two losses for Mainz seems very relevant. Their position is tenth in the League and they have 18 points, that is, 5W, 5L and 3D having won five games, drawn three matches, and lost five fixtures.
Mainz’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Schalke. In the 7 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won four meetings and lost three meetings.
Victory for Mainz would take their points tally to 21 so far this season.
Mainz’s squad has depth, but even so, Bo Svensson is likely to be missing two of they key players when they start Wednesday’s game.
Schalke v Mainz – Head-to-Heads.
Regarding their historical duels Schalke and Mainz have faced each other 32 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Schalke’s favour (17 – 8). Further, Mainz have repeatedly tasted defeat at the hands of Schalke in eight out of the past 14 games with them. The last time both teams met in this competition was March 2021 and the score line ended up with a 0-0 draw.
For Schalke, Marius Bulter, one of their best scorers, has nettedthree goals in 13 League matches so far, while Karim Onisiwo is a top performing player who has scoredfour goals in 13 League fixtures this Bundesliga Season for Mainz.
Other players of note for Schalke are Simon Terodde and Dominick Drexler with two goals and two goals respectively and for Mainz are Marcus Ingvartsen and Aaron Martin with four goals and three goals respectively.