Mainz will travel to the Allianz Arena to face off against reigning champions Bayern Munich for their third outing of the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season. As things stand, Bayern are placed in sixth spot having won once and drawn once in their first two games, amassing four points, whereas Mainz are still on the hunt for their opening win of the campaign after suffering defeats in the two games they’ve taken part in thus far.
Bayern began their competitive season with a victory over Energie Cottbus away from home in the DFB Pokal, running out 1-3 victors thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman. Upon the visit of Hertha Berlin earlier this month they were held to a surprise draw on home soil in spite of Lewandowski’s goal to put them in front early on as their opponents clawed back, taking the lead through Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic. The Polish striker brought the scores back on level terms again half an hour from the end but Bayern couldn’t find a winner. More recently, Bayern beat Schalke as Lewandowski was again amongst the goals, taking home the match ball this time around.
It’s fair to say that Mainz haven’t enjoyed the same level of success in terms of results as their upcoming opponents over the last three games, losing each of those affairs and failing to score twice. First it was a defeat to Kaiserslautern in the DFB Pokal by two goals to nil, succeeded by their 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Freiburg on the opening weekend of the league season. Mainz finally scored in a competitive encounter during this campaign for the first time last weekend when Robin Quaison put his side in the lead eighteen minutes in, only for Stefan Lainer, Alassane Plea and former Schalke man Breel Embolo to get on the scoresheet later in the tie, sealing victory for the visitors.
Bayern have kept a clean sheet in three of the last four meetings between these two, earning victory in all of the previous three matches involving the pair. Mainz have not scored in two of their last three games, whereas Bayern have not failed to score since the beginning of the month.
Bayern are resolute at the back and have not conceded more than one goal to Mainz since April 2017 in a 2-2 draw, with three of the last four meetings going their way whilst maintaining a clean defensive record in terms of the scoreline.
Bayern have won each of the last four matches against Mainz.
Bayern have not failed to score in any of the last four home games they’ve played.
Niko Kovac’s men have scored a total of eight goals in three matches up to now.
Jann-Fiete Arp is a doubt due to illness and will be assessed nearer the time of the match, while Leon Goretzka is also uncertain to get any minutes here as he recovers from a thigh issue. Thiago Alcantara may not feature as he continues to make progress towards a comeback following a neck injury.
Aaron Seydel is not expected to play this weekend as he sustained a head injury last May and hasn’t featured since, but on a positive note Jonathan Meier is back in training after a muscular problem. Dong-Won Ji (knee), Jean Philippe Mateta (meniscus), Jerry St. Juste (dislocated shoulder), Stefan Bell (ankle) and Phillipp Mwene (knee) are also out with injuries.