2 very contrasting teams coming into this game, 1 sits 1 point off the Relegation playoff, the other just 3 points off the Europa League qualification
Since the restart Mainz drew to FC Koln in a 2-2 game after being 2-0 up late in the game, before taking a 5-0 battering at the hands of Leipzig, followed by another draw with Union Berlin, this time 1-1
Hoffenheim have started back firstly with a 3-0 loss to Hertha, following this up with a 1-1 draw with Paderborn, before finally getting a week in match 3 against FC Koln 3-1.
Both teams will be desperate for a win to keep their dreams of Europe or Survival alive
Let’s take a look and see who are the key players we should be looking out for
Cristoph Baumgartner – IPO Watch
Having scored 2 & assisted 1 in the previous game against Koln, the 20 year old Austrian is yet to be IPOd onto the platform, but will be worth keeping an eye on if he continues his form from the previous match
Pre March Price – £N/A (Thurs 9am)
Post Match Price – £N/A
The versatile Midfielder, having played in a number of positions this season looks one to watch,
At just 24 years old, from Denmark, he’s featured in 25 games this season scoring 4 & assisting 5
With 1 goal and 1 assist since the restart
Pre March Price – £2.01 (Thurs 9am)
Post Match Price – £2.00
The 24 year old Austrian has played in all 3 of the games since the restart, the latest of which only playing 45 mins, but posting scores of 121, 160 & 51
Pre March Price – £0.79p (Thurs 9am)
Post Match Price – £0.79p
The 22 year old German international has played 25 games this season and has 1 goal and 1 assist in that time,
Both his goal and assist have come since the restart of the Bundesliga, posting scores in that time of 139, 24 (5-0 loss to Leipzig), & 154 his latest score!
Pre March Price – £0.63p (Thurs 9am)
Post Match Price – £0.68p
An exciting 26 year old, from Sweden, seems to be involved in the majority of things that are good within the Mainz team,
Scoring 12 & assisting 2 this season in 27 games, he hasn’t provided either since the restart but it’s only a matter of time before this happens,
He does have rather poor score in regards to the PB matrix, but an exciting player none the less
Pre March Price – £1.15p (Thurs 9am)
Post Match Price – £1.14p
With 23 appearances under his belt this season, and featuring in all 3 games since the restart, Kunde has posted scores of 140, -2 (Leipzig loss), & 109 with 1 goal in those 3 games, and a great solo run and goal it was!
Pre March Price – £0.40p (Thurs 9am)
Post Match Price – £0.41p
Who do I own for this game??
• Baku – 100 Shares
This game is part of a silver day for PB payouts, with places worth 4p per share for Top DEF, MID, FWD & a further 4p for Star Man
Let’s get into the game and the key talking points:
PENALTY!! 27th min of the game and it’s a peno, Zuber steps up and goes low to the keepers right, but, Muller in goal is equal to it.
2 minutes from the HT whistle and Babou the substitute for Hoffenheim makes it 1-0 with a cool finish past the keeper and into the bottom corner,
Moments before Skov on a break had a fantastic chance but put it wide of the goal
The game ends 1-0 to Hoffenheim after a lot of pressure in the second half from Mainz without any success
My Players to watch….
Every match we pick out a player from each side we believe could be worth watching, researching and investing in
Personally from this game there are 2 players I would be watching out for and looking at over the next month and run of games
Ridle Baku – £0.68
The German international, currently playing as a Right Back, with the pace and flair to take a player on and drive at the opposition, always looking to get a cross into the box.
Currently down on the index as a midfielder, if he gets a position change to defender I feel this could benefit him with the scores he’s has been producing lately,
His performance included 2 interceptions, 1 clearance, 4/12 ground duels won, 2/2 aerial duels won, and going forward he produced 8 crosses, 2 of which where accurate, 2 key passes & 1 big chance created
Hopefully he will stay in a PB league either with Mainz or via a move away should they get relegated
Robert Skov – £2.02p
The versatile defender, seems to be playing a bit further forward than down on the index giving him the chance to create and score goals with him scoring 4 & assisting 5 this season
He managed 1 shot on target, 2 shots off, 3 key passes, 2/3 accurate crosses, he did also hit the woodwork and missed a big chance
But one to watch going forward being in a Pb and with the Euros coming next year, he produced 3 goals & 2 assists in 3 qualifying games for Denmark
Of course with all player picks be sure to do your own research, if you have any other suggestions drop them in the comments below
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