Bundesliga Matchday 24 Betting Tips: Shambolic FC Schalke vs Mainz 05

Posted By Alex Blowers on March 4, 2021

I finished Matchday 23 down 1.83 Units after just 1 of my 4 bets cashed.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund came through to win comfortably for my -1.5 Goal Parlay to hit. Two of my bets were looking good when Eintracht Frankfurt went 1-0 up after 9 minutes. Werder Bremen fought back in the second half to run out deserved 2-1 winners and end Frankfurt’s five-game winning streak.

RB Leipzig’s 3-2 dramatic comeback win wasn’t enough to cash my Under 1.5 Goals handicap. The sickening thing about this game was Emil Forsberg made it 4-2 deep into injury time but had strayed offside in the buildup. I know I keep saying it, but it’s a game of fine margins, and this was another tough loss.

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Bo Svensson’s January appointment has given Mainz 05 a real chance of survival. They have collected 11 points from 9 games under him, and a win here would lift them out of the relegation zone. Loan signing Danny da Costa has been a real menace down the right with his energy and pace. We will see him causing Sead Kolašinac a lot of problems on Friday evening.

FC Schalke’s dealings off the pitch have been pretty dramatic this season. All of that is nothing compared to what happened last weekend.

Rumors circulated Friday night that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Shkodran Mustafi, and Kolašinac (all signed in January) led a player revolt calling for the sacking of Christian Groß. Nothing seemed to come of it, and he remained in charge for Saturday’s game against VfB Stuttgart.

Schalke suffered another heavy 5-1 defeat, and Mustafi called out anyone and everyone in his post-match interview. He is a massive *ick for bringing the physios and bus driver into the conversation about what is going wrong on the pitch.

The Schalke Supervisory Board met on Sunday morning and decided to clean house. They announced the immediate departure of manager Groß, his assistant Rainer Widmayer, general manager Sascha Riether, sporting director Jochen Schneider (scheduled to depart at the end of the season), and fitness coach Werner Leuthard.

Unsurprisingly, an inexperienced manager like Dimitrios Grammozis trying to make a name for himself has been appointed to see out the rest of the season. The club is in a shambolic state, and established managers don’t want to be associated with this absolute sh*t show.

Grammozis comes with limited experience in the dugout. His only notable stint in management was a season of 2.Bundesliga football at Darmstadt 98 in 2019/20, where they finished 5th. He is on a deal till June 2022 and is the club’s fifth manager of the season, a Bundesliga record. I’m pretty confident we will see someone more experienced take charge in the summer when the slate is clean.

He is walking into a toxic environment. The club is destined for relegation, underperforming senior players are flexing their power, and angry ultras (hardcore fans) aren’t afraid to descend on the team hotel to demand answers. Hopefully, the circus act is over, and they can see out the rest of the season with a little dignity.

Schalke’s other managers this season, Manuel Baum, Huub Stevens, and Groß, all lost their first games in charge. I highly doubt we will see a new manager bounce with the club in such a state, especially with how inexperienced Grammozis is.

Mainz is firing right now, and I’m backing them to get the win and move out of the relegation zone.

Prediction – 2 Units: Mainz 05 Money Line +114


Max Kruse is back, baby (Spoken in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator voice).

He was a joy to watch in the lead up to Christmas as he transformed FC Union Berlin’s attacking style with his creativity. He had 6 goals & 5 assists under his belt before a muscle bundle injury ruled him out for almost 3 months.

The veteran forward returned to Union’s starting lineup last weekend. He scored a penalty on the 9th minute to help his side earn a point. He was looking a little out of shape, and it was reported back in 2016 that VfL Wolfsburg spoke to him about his weight caused by overindulging on Nutella.

Hopefully, Urs Fischer can get him back into peak physical form for the season’s closing stages.

Arminia Bielfeld harshly sacked Uwe Neuhaus earlier this week. This was his third season at the club, and he guided them from relegation candidates to the 2.Bundesliga title in 18 months. With limited resources, many expected them to finish bottom this season. He has managed to keep his side competitive and give them a real chance of survival.

The Board has handed the reigns to Frank Kramer. Looking at his career, he has 17 years of managerial experience, but most of that is with reserve teams and 3 years with German international youth sides. His last job was at Red Bull Salzburg managing their youth academy, so I’m not sure what he’s bringing to a relegation fight. This looks more like a long-term project, and his focus will be developing players.

Neuhaus took these players into the Bundesliga, and this decision caught a lot of people by surprise. There weren’t any signs of a rift between him and the players or them not trying for him. I don’t think we will see a reaction from the players will need time to adjust to Kramer’s style.

Back Union to get the 3 points.

Prediction – 2 Units: FC Union Berlin Money Line +100


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