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Mainz vs Bayern Munich: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Grey Whitebloom
Benjamin Pavard (left) assisted Bayern Munich's winning goal against Mainz in December
Benjamin Pavard (left) assisted Bayern Munich's winning goal against Mainz in December / Sebastian Widmann/GettyImages

Mainz host the freshly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon.

For the first time under Bo Svensson's 16-month reign, Mainz are winless in five consecutive matches and suffered a 5-0 battering against Wolfsburg last Friday. Bayern's only defeat since the middle of February was in their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Villarreal - a tie they shockingly lost.

Here's everything you need to know about this meeting between an out of form but firmly mid-table side and the champions with absolutely nothing left to play for.

How to watch Mainz vs Bayern on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 30 April, 14:30 (BST)
Where is the match being played? MEWA Arena
TV channel/live stream? ESPN+ (USA), Sportsnet (Canada)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football & Bundesliga YouTube
Referee? TBC

Mainz team news

Mainz's implosion against Wolfsburg was aided by the 23rd-minute dismissal of Niklas Tauer. The centre-back will start his suspension against Bayern this weekend.

Svensson's squad have been beset with a squall COVID-19 cases during this run of poor form too. Delano Burgzorg was one of several players to test positive but the Dutch forward has since been diagnosed with mild heart inflammation (myocarditis), a problem which sidelined Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies for three months.

Midfielders Lee Jae-sung and Paul Nebel are both unlikely to feature until mid-May at the earliest with knee and ankle injuries respectively. Saturday's game may come fractionally too soon for centre-back Jerry St. Juste who is nearing a return from a recurring shoulder injury.

Bayern team news

The record champions are set to be without Corentin Tolisso as the World Cup winner nurses a hamstring injury. Second-choice full-backs Bouna Sarr (knee) and Omar Richards (cold) are also doubts.

Mainz vs Bayern score prediction

Mainz earned a 2-1 win the last time Bayern travelled west to the MEWA Arena. Die Roten could have wrapped up the title that day but faltered against their clinical hosts.

12 months on, Bayern's tenth Bundesliga on the spin is already secured. If Julian Nagelsmann can stave off any looming sense of complacency, Bayern are unlikely to fall to another defeat on the road, especially against a Mainz side that haven't recovered from the COVID outbreak their squad endured earlier in the year.

Prediction: Mainz 1-2 Bayern