Bayern to Return With a Bang

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Bayern Munich hit top spot before Christmas and can put Mainz to the sword on their return from the Bundesliga's winter break.

Robert Lewandowski netted the winner against Bayer Leverkusen before Christmas and will be licking his lips for the visit of Mainz.

The Bundesliga is back this weekend after a brief Christmas break and Bayern Munich will look to extend their fine home record against strugglers Mainz on Sunday.

The Bavarians pulled two points clear at the top of the standings prior to the winter break after beating second placed Bayer Leverkusen 2-1.

They have only tasted defeat once in 2020-21, losing 4-1 at Hoffenheim in September, and they haven’t been beaten at home since November 2019 when they went down to Bayer.

The defending champions have won four and drawn two at the Allianz Arena this campaign and another victory looks the most likely outcome when Mainz come to town.

Mainz sit 17th with just one win to their name and they have the second-worst defensive record in the Bundesliga after 13 games.

Bayern, meanwhile, are the top scorers, netting on 39 occasions and backing the hosts to win emphatically looks the way to go when the squad returns refreshed.

The German giants have scored six in each of their last two home meetings with Mainz, while they have won by a margin of at least four in the last three editions of this fixture.

Backing Bayern +4 in the Number of Team Goals in the Match market at 10/11 offers plenty of value.

Bayer Can Bounce Back

Bayer’s first defeat of the campaign came last time out against Bayern and they look serious contenders to challenge for at least a top four finish.

They will be keen to ensure that loss doesn’t disrupt a fine start to the season and a trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday offers the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways.

Peter Bosz’s side proudly sport the best away record in the division, winning five and drawing two, while they have been extremely difficult to break down.

Die Werkself have conceded just four times in seven away fixtures, a record matched only by seventh-placed Koln.

In contrast, Frankfurt have struggled at home with just one win to show from their opening six engagements, therefore, the value here lies with a Leverkusen win at 23/20.

Union to Put on United Front at Werder

It’s worth getting behind Union Berlin, who are priced at 6/4, to pick up all three points when they head to Werder Bremen.

The capital-based club finished 11th in their first-ever top-flight campaign and the early signs in 2020-21 suggest they could improve on that achievement.

They currently sit sixth after claiming a confidence-boosting 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund prior to the winter break and are just three points adrift of fourth.

Werder Bremen ended a nine-match winless streak when sealing a victory at Mainz on December 19 but Union are likely to offer greater resistance.

After retaining their spot in the top-flight through the relegation playoff last season, it looks set to be another battle against the drop this time around.

*All odds correct at time of writing.

Bobbie is a big football fan across all levels, and he also has an impressive background in martial arts and is a regular provider of quality boxing and UFC content.

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