Rampant Bayern Munich could end the weekend back on top of the German Bundesliga.
The defending champions made a slow start to their 2019-20 campaign, which included defeats at home to 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and a 5-1 thrashing at Eintracht Frankfurt.
It was the former at the start of November that saw Niko Kovac relieved of his duties and Hans-Dieter Flick installed as head coach. The former Hoffenheim head coach was initially in temporary charge before the German giants announced just before Christmas that Flick he would remain in his status under the end of the campaign.
Bayern Munich have won five consecutive games in the Bundesliga, amassing an incredible 20 goals during this run and conceding just two. They have gone 302 minutes since they last conceded a goal domestically.
Their next game is away to Mainz 05 where the bookmakers have Bayern Munich as favourites to pick up all three points, and you can sign up with Paddy Power to back a big win. It’s simply a case of how many they will win by, rather than whether they will win or not. A 5-0 win or 6-0 win could be on the cards and a great starting bet.
The Bavarians are just one point behind leaders RB Leipzig after they were surprisingly beaten 2-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend. They are in action in Saturday’s evening kickoff at home to Borussia Monchengladbach, who are third.
Before then, Bayern Munich travel to the Opel Arena to face a Mainz 05 side they hammered 6-1 back in August. Robert Lewandowski only scored one goal that day too.
Mainz have lost 13 of their 19 Bundesliga games this season, drawing none. As well as their hammering at the Allianz Arena, they were thrashed 8-0 away to RB Leipzig back in November. They have also lost five of their last six, conceding 12.
Robert Lewandowski is the target man for the visitors up front. The Polish hitman has 21 goals in only 19 league games this season. Lewandowski will be supplied by the likes of Serge Gnabry, Philippe Coutinho and Thomas Muller, whom are all frequent goalscorers themselves.
Defensively, Bayern have kept three consecutive clean sheets but will be without defenders Javi Martinez, Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez through injury this weekend. However, they will dominate possession and territory, so Manuel Neuer isn’t expected to see much action.
How many goals will Bayern Munich beat Mainz 05 by this weekend? We’ll go for 5-0…