After a goalless draw against Koln in their last Bundesliga fixture, Mainz will be facing a tough challenge when they host Borussia Dortmund in the Coface Arena in the 18th round of the German top division.
The hosts have been struggling with consistency since the start of the season. They have kept their mid-table position intact but their results haven’t been so convincing so far. Mainz 05 have collected a total of 4 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in the Bundesliga. Their last league match was against Köln at home where they drew 0-0.
Mainz 05 are currently sitting in the 11th place in the league table. They have 21 points from 6 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses. They have scored 26 goals and conceded 30 since the start of the season.
Manager Martin Schmidt could decide to field a second defensive midfielder and switch to a 4-3-3 against a strong Dortmund side. Giulio Donati will most likely return to start at right-back. Gaetan Bussmann and Daniel Brosinski compete for the spot at left-back.
The visitors are unbeaten in their last five league games. However they drew three of these five which is not ideal by their standards. Borussia Dortmund have collected a total of 9 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in the Bundesliga. Their last league match was against Werder Bremen away from home where they won 2-1.
Borussia Dortmund are currently sitting in the 5th place in the league table. They have 30 points from 8 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses. They have scored 37 goals and conceded 20 since the start of the season.
Erik Durm or Felix Passlack could get a chance on the left wing, if Marcel Schmelzer does not recover from a calf injury in time. Mario Götze, Raphael Guerreiro, Shinji Kagawa and Gonzalo Castro compete for two spots in central midfield.
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