Mainz has had an excellent second half of the season, which is confirmed by the 5th place in terms of points scored in the last 15 matchdays. It is true that Bo Svensson’s team does not always have enough stability. In the last 5 rounds, they beat Leipzig (3:0) and Bayern (3:1) sensationally, but in the last match they lost to Wolfsburg (0:3).
It is worth noting the clearly increased offensive potential after bringing Ludovic Azhorca (6+2) from Strasbourg. He was involved in 8 goals in 14 matches, making him the Bundesliga’s best winter transfer this season.
Schalke in this match will surpass the rival in the level of motivation. Thomas Reis’ team is battling for a spot in Germany’s elite division for another season.
In the last match against Werder Bremen (2:1) Pitmani showed character, winning thanks to strong will. However, achieving success will be problematic. The main weakness of the team is its defense. Not a handful of defenders, not even centre-backs, have repeated themselves in any of the last 5 matches. However, the worst is the goalkeeper – Aleksander Shvolov, who is second to last in terms of the number of goals saved (-8.8).
I suspect that high motivation and a strong will to win in the last round will allow Schalke to shine in the upcoming match. However, it is unlikely that the visitors’ defense will be able to stop such a volatile attack from Mainz.