Hannover are up against Mainz 05 at the HDI Arena knowing that the team will have to only fight for the relegation play-off place at best in the last four games of the season. Hannover’s deficit to safety has increased to 12 points and their vastly inferior goal difference over Schalke – in the 15th place – effectively means that Thomas Doll’s men are condemned to a relegation fight. Mainz 05 look to finish as high as 10th in the table with the team making substantial progress in recent weeks. Follow all our predictions, free bets, and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Hannover arrested a sequence of eight consecutive defeats but the team could only muster a goalless draw against Hertha Berlin, who are terribly out of form in recent weeks. Hannover’s winless run in the league now stands at nine matches.
Mainz 05 made a strong start to the game against Fortuna Dusseldorf and ended up picking up a 3-1 victory. This was the second successive home victory for Sandro Schwarz’ men.
Hannover were able to claim a 1-1 draw against Mainz 05 in the meeting earlier in the campaign, as Daniel Brosinski came up with a late equaliser for Schwarz’ men. The last game between these two clubs at the HDI Arena produced a 3-2 win for Hannover, who came back from two goals down courtesy of a Niclas Füllkrug hat-trick. Our betting tips and predictions would opt for draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.40[/bet_tip_now]
Mainz 05 have a disastrous away form with the team losing six on the bounce. Hannover are badly in need of a victory, but the team has not been able to produce any improvement going forward. The slow build-up to Hannover’s play has allowed the opposition to shore up the defence. Mainz 05 have been offensively great in terms of home games, but the same cannot be said for their away matches. Our preview would go with a stalemate.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.40[/bet_tip_now]
Hannover win odds: 3.00
Mainz 05 win odds: 2.37
Correct Score odds
Mainz 05 have come up with only three goals in the last six league matches whereas this number stands at 14 when it comes to home games. This vast differential is unlikely to be closed anytime soon with Hannover relatively decent when it comes to defending in home games. Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen are the two outfits to have scored more than 2.5 goals past Hannover at home since February. Our correct score prediction would pick a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The dull build-up play by Hannover coupled with Mainz 05’s disappointing away form should ensure a game that has very little entertainment – just in the case of the recent game between Hannover and Hertha Berlin. It would not be a surprise if the game finished as a stalemate. Our total goals prediction would go with under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 2.30[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Jean-Philippe Mateta has been through a brilliant run of form over the last few weeks and the 21-year-old has now moved up to 12 goals for the campaign following his brace against Fortuna Dusseldorf. Even though Mateta’s last away goal was back in January, his recent form makes our first goalscorer prediction back the Frenchman.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Jean-Philippe Mateta at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
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