Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Leipzig play host to Mainz at their Red Bull Arena in the opening match of the season. The Red Bulls aim to build on the German Cup triumph (3-0) over Nurnberg, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Leipzig continue life without top scorer Timo Werner, who joined Chelsea in the summer, but his replacement Hee-Chan Hwang is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Mainz, on the other hand, finished the last Bundesliga campaign in 13th position in the standings, six points clear of the relegation zone. Die Nullfunfer are eyeing yet another elite division survival, but they should not be looking for points in away games against title-chasing clubs. Mainz are not regarded as good travellers, and they are unlikely to spoil Leipzig’s party at Red Bull Arena. Summer signing Luca Killian is likely to make his Mainz debut against Leipzig.