April 2018

1. FSV Mainz 05 - Freiburg, Bundesliga

A glimpse at the tournament table gives the certainty the match at the Opel Arena will be a pure relegation-mystery-novel. Mainzer, who is currently relegation-threatened, hosts Freiburg, who’s only 3 points ahead of their rival.

Both teams dove deep into the bottom of the standings, meaning that the threat of relegation is posed to both of them. Though the direct demotion to a lower league is unlikely to happen as 1. FC Köln and HSV are miles behind, none of the teams want their fate to be at stake in the relegation matches. Sportclub’s Monday win will be a great step towards avoiding the drop, 1. FSV Mainz 05 win may well result in the best position of the team four rounds prior to the season end.

The hosts have been left with no wins for the six league matches so far. Sandro Schwarz’s squad tried hard to score only two goals in these very events, which attests to the offensive issues arose in the team. In the defence, Mainz’s footballers act confidently as they have conceded more than two goals only in one out of seven recent matches. On Monday evening, Mainz needs more than just a clean sheet.

Last time Freiburg’s win occurred in the 23rd round. Sinking deeper into crisis, the team guided by Christian Streich has a disappointing 2:11 goal difference scraped up in the last six matches. SC coach, anyway, adheres to the opinion that his squad has a strong spirit which will let them overcome the tough time. Sportclub’s position in the table will be secure if they get at least one point in Mainz.

The match will be held on Monday, April 16, at 20:30.