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Mainz a good bet at 7/4 to run rings around struggling Nuremburg

| 06.12.2013

Mainz travel to Nuremburg this evening and the visitors – who have scored in their last eight away games – can take all three points at 7/4.

Thomas Tuchel’s side began the season with three straight victories before slumping to five defeats in six games.

However they have bounced back since the end of October – winning three of five games – and they were far from disgraced in a 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund last week.

They have scored nine goals in six away matches and forwards Eric Choupo-Moting and Shinji Okazaki have been ably supported by seven-goal midfielder Nicolai Muller.

Tuchel’s team have won two of their three away games against bottom-half teams and they can beat their 19th-place opponents.

Bet on Mainz to win at 7/4

The hosts have not won this season and have only scored four goals in six matches at the Frankenstadion; they look vulnerable once again.

However the home side’s Makoto Hasebe is looking forward to the game, as one of three Japanese players set to play in the match.

Hasebe said: “My fellow countryman Shinji Okazaki is at Mainz and he’s been doing very well.

“Our results haven’t been that good of late, but I think we’re going in the right direction.”

Okazaki looks the more likely goalscorer of the trio and is 7/1 to score first in the televised ESPN game.

Bet on Shinji Okazaki to score first at 7/1

Over on BT Sport, Juventus travel to Bologna and are 4/9 to secure a win which would see them go six points clear at the top of Serie A.

Having won their last six league games – scoring 13 and conceding none – Antonio Conte’s side are playing as well as ever and should be backed at 5/4 to win to nil.

Two second-half goals secured a 2-0 win for Juventus in this fixture last season and it is a long time (1989) since Bologna beat the league-leaders at Renato Dall’Ara.

Bet on Juventus to win to nil at 5/4

The hosts are only one place above the relegation places but they have managed to secure home draws against two top-half teams this season.

However Stefano Pioli’s side have only scored three goals in their last four Serie A matches and they should struggle against a Juventus side which has flourished in the second half of their games.

Their last four league matches have all seen more goals scored in the second period.

Three of those games were level at half-time and the Draw/Juventus half-time/full-time result is 16/5.

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Nic Doggett