Bundesliga: Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen Preview


21 December 2019 live

15:30 UTC


Bayer Leverkusen


Unpredictable Mainz recorded a thumping 5-0 victory over Werder Bremen during midweek, meaning they remain the only Bundesliga side yet to draw this league campaign (W6, L10). They are also unreliable when netting first this season, after losing three of the seven games in which they scored the opener.
At home, the entertaining hosts have witnessed over 2.5 goals in six of their seven league fixtures, and over 3.5 in four. None of those seven games were goalless at half-time (HT: W1, D2, L4), whilst the same can be said of the last six H2Hs held here, all of which saw both teams score and over 3.5 goals (W2, L4).
Bayer Leverkusen haven’t drawn a Bundesliga away game for over a year (W11, L6), whilst matches haven’t been tight this season – six of their seven Bundesliga road trips this term have been decided by at least a two-goal margin. That’s also been the case in four of the last five H2Hs (at all venues).
The visitors have been particularly potent early on, netting 70% of their away league goals before half-time, and subsequently only one of their Bundesliga road trips has been goalless at the break (HT: W4, D1, L2). Notably, all four of Leverkusen’s away victories saw them leading at half-time.

Players to watch: Robin Quaison (FSV) netted a hat-trick last time out – he’s scored the opener in four of the five games he’s found the net this term. Meanwhile, three of Kevin Volland’s (LEV) five league goals this season arrived after the 65th minute.
Stat attack: Three of Mainz’s last four Bundesliga home games saw at least one goal after the 80th minute.
Thirteen of Leverkusen’s last 17 away league victories witnessed both teams score.
Of the goals Mainz have conceded this league season, 63.16% were conceded in the 15 minutes before the end of each half.


What time is kick off?
The match begins at 15:30.