With the Bundesliga fixtures really starting to pile up following their return from the enforced break, two of the top-flight strugglers will battle it out on Wednesday night when Union Berlin host relegation scrappers Mainz.
Although a bright start to the New Year may have shocked many across Germany, Union have come crashing back down to earth in rather dramatic fashion after a dreadful 4-0 drumming away at bitter rivals Hertha last weekend.
On the flip side, also completely blown away against title outsiders RB Leipzig on Sunday and hit with a 5-0 drumming on home soil, Mainz still find themselves at the heart of a relegation scrap after collecting just a single victory in their last six Bundesliga outings.
You might also be interested to know, that with Union picking up what was a dramatic 3-2 win when they made the trip to the Opel Arena back in November, Wednesday’s hosts can be found priced at 6/5 with Paddy Power to land back-to-back victories over Mainz in midweek.
Union in free-fall
Although many were previously labelling Union Berlin’s maiden Bundesliga campaign as a fairy tale story, the Reds put in what was a season-worst display on Friday night and find the mood in their camp at a worrying low.
Completely blown away by their bitter rivals in the Berlin derby and hit with a 4-0 drumming on the road, Urs Fischer’s men have lost their last four Bundesliga outings on the bounce and have picked up just a sole point out of a possible 15.
Now someway off mounting another top half charge, a huge part of Union’s recent issues has come down to some rather glaring problems at the back.
Along with marking their return from the enforced break with a routine 2-0 defeat against defending champions Bayern Munich, Wednesday’s hosts have shipped at least a pair of goals in six of their last seven Bundesliga appearances, their worst run of the season.
More worrying, also conceding over 1.5 goals in each of their previous three matchups on home soil, you might be interested to know that a similar outcome for a wobbly Union defence can be found at 6/4 with Coral.
The Mainz rollercoaster continues
Although a 2-0 victory against rock-bottom Paderborn when opening March might have had Mainz dreaming of a second-half charge up the table, Achim Beierlorzer’s side have continued to show some glaring inconsistencies.
Despite battling from 2-0 down to snatch a dramatic point away at Koln when returning from the enforced break, Die Nullfünfer’s open Wednesday’s contest sat just three points above the relegation play-off spot.
Hit with an abysmal 5-0 drumming against RB Leipzig at home over the weekend, Mainz have won just one of their previous six Bundesliga outings and have a reputation for producing high-scoring thrillers, particularly on their travels.
Including a 4-0 hammering at Wolfsburg and a humiliating 8-0 defeat away at Leipzig back in November, the Reds have conceded six goals in back-to-back matchups on the road.
With each of Mainz’s last eight contests on the road seeing over 2.5 goals at full-time, it should be noted that another high-scoring thriller away from the Opel Arena can be found pencilled in at 4/5 with Ladbrokes.