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Mainz vs Bayern Munich betting tips: DFB-Pokal Third Round preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

All is not well at Bayern Munich right now.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side are yet to win in 2023, held to 1-1 draws by RB Leipzig, Köln and then, most-recently, Eintracht Frankfurt since the winter break.

Last mid-week, only a stoppage time equaliser from Joshua Kimmich saved Bayern from a rare home defeat.

Despite this, the champions are still top of the Bundesliga, although Union Berlin, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg are all three points or, in some cases, fewer behind.

Could Germany actually witness a title race this season? Perhaps so.

Before Sunday’s trip to Wolfsburg, Nagelsmann’s team will be seeking to book their place in the quarter-finals of this tournament.

Unsurprisingly, the Bavarian giants are the record 20-times winners of this competition.

Although, in the last two seasons, Bayern have suffered surprise early exits at the hands of Holstein Kiel and then Borussia Mönchengladbach, hammered 5-0 a year ago.

Will they avoid a sense of déjà vu here?

Mainz meanwhile are enjoying a 14th successive season in the top division right now, sat 11th, following Saturday’s 5-2 drubbing of Bochum.

In Pokal terms, die Nullfünfer’s best-ever run came in 2009, ousted by Bayer Leverkusen in the semis.

This season, Bo Svensson’s side have eliminated Erzgebirge Aue and Lübeck, both 3-0, but now face the toughest test in German football.

Will Bayern Munich simply be too strong at Mewa Arena?


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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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