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Bundesliga Betting: Desperate Schalke Takes on MainzPublished April 24, 2015 by Amir G
Schalke arrives at Mainz in an attempt to end the drought and move up the Bundesliga table (19:30 UK time).
The 30th gameweek of the German Bundesliga kicks off today with a meeting between Schalke and FSV Mainz 05 at the Coface Arena (19:30 UK time). Both teams have had and are still going through rough patches lately and this will be a good chance for both to turn things around.
Mainz is currently positioned 11th in the Bundesliga table, sitting on 34 points composed of 7 wins, 13 draws and 9 losses with a negative GD of -1. The team managed to go out with a draw against the second positioned Wolfsburg last month, proceeding to a goalless draw against Werder Bremen and a homely 2-3 loss against Bayer Leverkusen.
A sigh of relief came last Saturday with a 2-3 away win over Sport-Club Freiburg. Will they keep this up against the struggling Schalke today? Look for Shinji Okazaki in goalscorer bets – the prolific striker has netted 12 goals in the season so far.
Despite the impressive fifth position at the upper part of the Bundesliga table, Schalke has found itself in a slump. The team hasn't managed to win a match in five games, losing to Bayer Leverkusen and ending with a 1-1 draw against Wolfsburg last Sunday. They have 42 points (11w, 9d, 9l).
Will Schalke end the drought today? The team is certainly able to do so, as it has shown until the rough patch began: Many are still talking and will keep on talking about the great 3-4 away victory Schalke secured against Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 last month. If it wants to count for Champions League spots, Schalke must step up its game today.
Today's game will be live at Winner Sports with a wide range of in-play and pre-match betting markets. Full time result odds favored Schalke for a win with 39/20, opposed to 7/5 for Mainz. Tune-in Winner this Friday night to experience this intriguing German faceoff.