August 5, 2022 Sports Betting
On Saturday afternoon, VfL Bochum will host Mainz 05 at the Ruhrstadion to begin their new Bundesliga season at home.
The teams split the wins with one victory each in the previous season, but in May, the visitors finished five spots ahead of their hosts despite a dismal away record.
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Last weekend, Bochum prepared for their second season back in the big leagues by cruising to a comfortable cup victory. This came after a busy preseason schedule that began at the end of June.
Viktoria Berlin, who competes in the Regionalliga Nordost and only earned a spot in the DFB Pokal by winning the regional Berlin Cup, was defeated by the visitors by a score of 3-0 after just 30 minutes.
Recent friendly victories over Serie A teams Lecce and Spezia also offered hope, and Bochum’s preseason campaign came to an end with a 6-2 thrashing of Antalyaspor.
That is undoubtedly encouraging for head coach Thomas Reis, who last season guided the Ruhr club out of the bottom three of the Bundesliga for the first time in 11 years. With a 13th-place finish, they were closer to the top half of the standings than the bottom three.
They are currently playing a rematch of their opening game from this time last year, when Die Unabsteigbaren hosted Mainz in their first home game back in the top division and defeated them 2-0 to start the season off on the right foot. Shortly after the winter break, Mainz got back at the Ruhrstadion for their loss by winning the rematch 1-0 at home, where they were undoubtedly more at ease in 2021–22.
Die Nullfunfer, on the other hand, displayed a weakness on the road that led to them earning just 11 away points in the Bundesliga, the second-worst record in the division, and were consequently eliminated from the DFB-Pokal by this week’s hosts in Bochum a few days later. In their most recent attempt to make their first-ever Pokal final, Mainz headed to the east last Sunday to face third-tier Erzgebirge Aue, and they triumphed 3-0 to start their competitive season off to a successful start.
Bo Svensson’s team, which is aiming to improve upon their eighth-place finish from the previous season, had a mixed preseason record, winning a contentious match against Newcastle United despite fierce fan opposition due to the Toon’s current ownership, losing to Besiktas, and being held at home by Athletic Club.
While Moussa Niakhate, a defensive stalwart, left for greener pastures and joined the revolution at Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest, Svensson has added midfielder Angelo Fulgini from Angers and Danish attacker Marcus Ingvartsen. The Mainz manager now hopes that his revamped lineup can start out stronger than they did last season.
Mainz should be prepared for the challenge ahead after losing twice to Bochum last season. Having given up just once during the preseason and last week’s cup victory, they can take a point home from their opening match.