Bochum vs Mainz: prediction for the DFB-Pokal match
Bochum are having a successful season in the top-flight of German football, they sit comfortably at the mid-table. Team has problems with the offense - in 19 rounds they scored only 17 goals. Results are terrible on away matches however - eight defeats in ten matches. One of team's leaders, Zoller, is currently injured.
In the previous round of German Cup club beat Augsburg (3:2, on pens), Pantovic scored two goals in the match.
Mainz are currently at the 10th spot in the standings of Bundesliga, they have a wonderful defensive record. In the current season team conceded only 21 goals, only Bayern Munich has a better result, they conceded three less goals.
Carnival Club is not looking so great on away, a defeat to RB Leipzig (1:4) was a fourth consecutive one for them.
In three of four most recent away matches Mainz conceded at least two goals
Bochum didn't concede in four out of nine most recent matches
In the current season Bochum recorded a home victory over Mainz by a 2:0 score
In our opinion, Bochum will have a chance to record a victory. Both clubs are looking great at home, so hosts will have some advantage. Two out of three most recent head-to-head matches were won by a home team, few days ago Mainz were extremely lucky in the last match.
We don't think that visitors will put up a solid offensive performance today. Even if hosts won't be able to score in regular time, they are usually successful on penalty shoot-outs.
Our prediction - Bochum to advance further
We also offer to place a bet on total under. Hosts conceded only six goals at home in the current Bundesliga season, visitors also have one of the best defensive lines in the league. In both head-to-head matches between clubs this season the total was not beaten.
Our second bet is on total under 2,5 goals