Mainz vs Schalke Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals – 16 February 2020

More goals likely at Mainz

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GermanyMainz vs SchalkeGermany
16th February 1700hrs
Football – Germany  – Bundesliga
Pick Over 2.5 goals
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Odds: 8/11 odds taken 2000 GMT, Saturday 15 February

Mainz picked up a valuable three points with their excellent win last weekend and will have to be at their best again facing a Schalke team who have dropped back in the race for the top four.

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Mainz Preview – Can Mainz back up their first win in five matches to improve their hopes of staying up?

It was a positive weekend last time out for Mainz and their hopes for staying in the Bundesliga. An impressive 3-1 win away to Hertha Berlin – combined with all of the teams below them failing to win – has given them a four point cushion over the relegation playoff position and automatic relegation. Clearly, with 13 games remaining that four points can quickly be eroded but it’s certainly something for Mainz to build on.
The win over Hertha brought an end to a run of four straight defeats in the league and just their second win in eight matches.
Our betting prediction:
Both teams to score

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The incredible stat about Mainz’ season to date is they have yet to draw any of their 21 league games. Seven wins and 14 defeats is pretty indicative of their style in that they have scored more or the same number of goals as all but one of the teams from seventh down. Yet they also boast the joint-worst defensive record in the German top-flight with 48 goals conceded.

Providing they can continue picking up victories, especially against the teams close to them, then the lack of draws will certainly not be an issue. Although you feel that taking a point against teams in contention for the top four, as Schalke are, is not a bad result to be aiming for.

Schalke Preview – Will Schalke get back to winning ways in their quest to qualify for next season’s Champions League?

Schalke were very much in contention for the top four and Champions League when coming back from the winter break and they moved into those positions courtesy of a very good win at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in their first game of 2020. You senses that would be the catalyst for them to go on a run full of confidence but they have not won in the league since.

A thumping 5-0 defeat away to leaders Bayern Munich can often happen but failing to beat either Hertha or Paderborn – both really struggling – will be frustrating for Martin Wagner.

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Taking just two points from their last three matches mean Schalke have slipped off the pace in the race for the top four. They are now four points behind ‘Gladbach having played a game more. That is how competitive and unforgiving the Bundesliga is this season and leaves little margin for error coming into this game.

It’s away from home where Schalke have to improve if they are to qualify for the Champions League. Their last win on the road came since the end of November taking just two points from their last 12 on their travels.

Mainz vs Schalke Betting Advice

Schalke will be hoping to get back on track following some disappointing results but they face a team who will be confident following their win last weekend and are also fighting for their lives.
It was a 2-1 win for Schalke when hosting Mainz back in September and it’s a fixture they have done well in in recent times, winning six of their last seven against this opponent although they did lost here last season.

Key Facts – Mainz vs Schalke Betting Tip

  • Mainz have lost their last four home games in the Bundesliga and one more loss would equal a club record
  • Schalke are without a win in their last four away games in the league their longest run since December 2016
  • Koln have only lost more games to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga than against Schalke


Only games involving Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have contained more goals than Mainz this season (3.76 per game) and we should be set for a few more tomorrow as despite being one of the lowest averages in the league, Schalke’s matches still average more than 2.5.

Six of the last 10 meetings have went over 2.5 goals and that’s the betting tip for Sunday’s game.

The best betting odds for Mainz vs Schalke

Mainz to win: 9/5 at Bet365
Draw: 12/5 at Bet365
Schalke to win: 6/4 at Bet365