DFB-Pokal / 1.FC Kaiserslautern vs Mainz 05 – K'lautern is team that has four titles of German champions but day of glory are distant past and now this team competes in the 3.Bundesliga. Mainz never won a title but it plays in the German first league for years. Mainz ended up at the 12place last season, while K’lautern has already started the new season and they make modest results. The two team met the last time in 2012 and Mainz won by 4-0.
Game 1.FC Kaiserslautern vs Mainz 05 begins 10.08.2019 at 15:30 CET
K'lautern plays in the third league for the second season in a row and it seems that return to the 2.Bundesliga is just a pipe dream. They did modestly last season and they finished in the ninth place, while they started the new season with just one triumph in four rounds. They drew two matches and they suffered the first defeat in the previous round away when they lost to Munster away. They had a led twice in that match and 15 minutes before the end they had 1-2. K’lautern recevied two goals in the finish of match and lost. Midfielder Pick has already scored four goals and is in an excellent form, but they have five injured players.
Probable lineups 1.FC Kaiserlautern: Grill – D. Schad, Sickinger, Matuwila, Hercher – Bachmann – Hemlein, Kuhlwetter, Starke, Pick – T. Thiele
Mainz is member of the Bundesliga for a long-time but in last three seasons it ended up in the bottom half of table. They finished in the 12th place last season but they didn't have to worry about survival, while this season they might do better. They were left without one of their standard midfielders, Gbamin, on whose transfer Mainz earned a nice sum so they had funds to go on shopping. E. Fernandes is his replacement, but stopper St. Juste who arrived from Feyenoord is definitely a reinforcemet. At the beginning Mainz will rely on proven players and out of newcomers Fernandes is the only one who will play. Handicap for Mainz is injury of forward Mateta.
Probable lineups Mainz 05: F. Muller – Brosinski, Bell, Niakhate, Aaron – E. Fernandes – Ri. Baku, Latza – Boetius, Maxim – Onisiwo
Betting Pick: 1.FC Kaiserslautern vs Mainz 05
Besides being the third-league team K'lautern doesn’t play well and probably are not overly interested in the DFB-Pokal. That is why Mainz is favourite to win the match and we expect that the first-division team justify prediction and reach the second round.
Pick: Mainz wins
Odds: 1.61 at bet365 (down to 1.56 can be played)
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