It's an early Saturday game at 9:30 a.m Pacific Time when Mainz travel to Leverkusen to face Bayer in a game the hosts will be keen to get back on track after a bad month.
Although the Bundesliga title has been pretty much wrapped up by Bayern Munich there is still a race for the other two coveted Champions League positions in Germany. Bayer Leverkusen are only a single point ahead of Dortmund and two points ahead of fourth place Schalke in the standings. A win today would keep the side there.
The home side are being offered at 1.80 over at British bookmaker William Hill to win outright today. Although high up in the table, the team has been less than average as of late going 2-3 in the previous Bundsliga matches, was eliminated from the German Cup, and was thrashed by PSG during the first leg of its Champions League fixture.
A draw pick is being offered right now at 3.50. Normally this would not be of decent value considering Leverkusen has only drawn once in 22 matches so far this season (the lowest in Germany) and that Mainz away matches have tied only 18 percent of the time. However, with the home side struggling and Mainz picking up four wins from 11 road games, this could be the value pick of the 1x2 sector.
The visitors are listed at a teasing 4.50 to win. They currently sit in ninth position and are 3-1-1 in the previous five matches. They were soundly defeated at home by a 4-1 score in their previous encounter this season and will need to tighten up their defence which has allowed 1.6 goals per match.
I like an over 2.5 pick with both teams to score today at 2.05.
Another consideration comes in the correct scorer bracket where a goal during the match by Stefan Kiessling is at 2.00. The German international has 10 goals this season which is tied for eighth in the charts.