Borussia Dortmund are paving their way up the table and the good news just keeps coming. The week they are supposed to host Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park the news of Marco Reus extending his contract has brought “Loyalty über alles” talks with Hans-Joachim Watzke stating what character strength Reus showed by signing a contract with no release clause that is valid also for the second Bundesliga tier.
During the weekend, Borussia Dortmund won their first match in 2015 and even managed to keep a clean sheet. Aubameyang scored a brace to Marco Reus’ opening goal which took the pressure of being last in Bundesliga, at least for now. The hosts are currently on the 16th place with 19 points, just one short of finally being free of the danger zone. Seeing as Klopp changed the forward line against Freiburg, Dortmund managed to get 12 shots on target and three goals as opposed to 6 shots on target against Augsburg and no goals.
Mainz are currently on the 13th place in Bundesliga with 22 points, and Dortmund trail at three points behind their opponents. They opened 2015 with a 5-0 win over Paderborn, but lost the weekend match against Hertha Berlin after their main goalkeeper Loris Karius was sent off in the 32 minute. Mainz 05 are not doing well in away games where they are unable to win in eight matches which only adds power to the hosts winning a match in front of the Yellow Wall. Okazaki is their main goalscorer and it will be interesting to witness him in action against Mats Hummels.
The match back in September ended with a 2-0 Mainz 05 win that saw Immobile try and fail to score a penalty as Karius made a fantastic save and Ginter scored an own goal. Okazaki opened the score in his 100th Bundesliga appearance as Jürgen Klopp was powerless against his former team. This time around BVB look better at least on paper and should win and start climbing up the table.
Unibet offers 1.33 odds for a Borussia Dortmund win, 9.00 for Mainz and 4.90 for a draw. Over 2.5 goals has 1.58 odds, Dortmund with a -2 handicap has 2.85 odds, Mainz 05 with a +2 handicap 1.43; Okazaki has 4.90 odds to score anytime, Aubameyang, Immobile and Adrian Ramos all have 2.00 to score and we’re going to bet 7 units on Marco Reus to score and BVB to win with 2.30 odds from Unibet.
Borussia Dortmund: Team’s Formation
Mainz 05: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Marco Reus to score and BVB to win