Prediction: Hamburger SV vs Mainz 05 (Bundesliga, 07.12.2014)

Hamburger SV return to Bundesliga against Mainz 05 to do what they do best: fight to avoid relegation. There’s only a four point gap between the two, but while Hamburg are on the 17th place, Mainz sit comfortably on the 10th. Hamburg have 12 points after 13 matchdays, and can boast with wins against last placed Borussia Dortmund and third placed Bayer Leverkusen, yet they always have had problems with Mainz. Open a VIP-IBC account to find the best odds and limits on this match.

Mainz come from a 4-1 loss against Schalke, and even if they dominated the match on almost all accounts, their weak defensive line propelled the disaster by allowing the hosts too much space at the back. They have been missing Jonas Hoffmann, their specialist in pressing matters, but they did welcome back Joo-Ho Park, after the player got a knock to his ankle against Schalke. Bungert is still under doubt due to back pains, and Baumgartlinger and Moritz might return to training only during next week.
Hamburg have Westermann ruled out of the match after a mediate ligament injury against Augsburg, and joined Jansesn and Beister on the sidelines. The hosts hope they can get Lassoga back in time, so they can hope for early goals, the striker having 2.85 odds with 888sport to score anytime. Rajkovic could start in defense, but he has had little playing time since March, and it does not bode well for a Hamburg side that last won against Mainz when playing at home back in 2012.

Hamburg have now two wins in a row when playing at home, while Mainz struggle in away games, even if they are always close to winning due to being better than their opponents. Expect a hard fought match on both accounts and with Okazaki among Bundesliga’s top goalscorers, maybe an early Mainz goal is not as far-fetched?

The hosts have 2.00 odds to win being the obvious favorites, but our team will support the underdog in this occasion with 7 odds on a Mainz 05 win with 3.70 odds from 888sport. Both teams to score have 1.80 odds, under 9.5 corners 2.05 odds and a red card has 4.15 odds from the best bookmaker for bonus and promotions.

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