A battle between two strong defences
Facts and stats before the home game against Bielefeld
1. FSV Mainz 05 will host DSC Arminia Bielefeld, 15th in the table, on matchday 27 in the Bundesliga. The two sides have already met twice this season, having also faced off in a dramatic DFB-Pokal tie at the MEWA Arena. Bo Svensson, who has played them three times so far whilst in charge of the Zerofivers, described those previous meetings as “close games,” at the pre-match press conference. “I’m expecting no different tomorrow. It will be a tight affair, with the game meaning a lot for both sides. It will be a hard-fought match, there’s no doubt about that.”
Mainz’s run of five straight home wins and eight games unbeaten at home (W6, D2) ended in the week at the hands of Borussia Dortmund. Svensson’s side lost for the first time at home in five months after a late Axel Witsel goal in that rearranged fixture. It was only the club’s second defeat at the MEWA Arena this term (the other coming against Union Berlin), no side has lost fewer home games across the division.
A look at the opponents
As a promoted side, Arminia Bielefeld ended last season in 15th and will need every point they can get as they look to avoid the drop again this time around. They have won just five games from 26 so far this season, and their tally of 22 goals represents a league low. On the other hand though, Frank Kramer’s side have only let in 34 goals, the fifth-best defensive record in the league. Mainz go into this game in third in this ranking, having conceded 30 goals from their 25 matches to date.
The meetings in the Bundesliga have been fairly even, with Mainz winning twice and Bielefeld three times. The other four games ended in a draw.
A first for Arminia
Bielefeld have now lost three consecutive Bundesliga games for the first time under head coach Frank Kramer. Arminia even failed to score in these fixtures, and another blank would see them equal a negative club record.
Third meeting, third goal?
Jonathan Burkardt has already scored twice against Arminia this season (1x Bundesliga, 1x DFB-Pokal).
Bielefeld have only scored four goals from set pieces in the league this season, a league low. Mainz, meanwhile, have only let in five goals from dead balls, no side has conceded fewer.
Bielefeld failed to score for the 10th time this season last time out, meaning they have drawn more blanks than any other side. On the other hand, Mainz 05 have kept eight clean sheets – no side has managed more.
Bo Svensson has met Arminia Bielefeld and Frank Kramer three times as FSV head coach and is still unbeaten. He’s won twice and the other match ended in a draw.
Reunion with old teammates
FSV left-back Anderson Lucoqui will come up against his former teammates this weekend. The 24-year-old played for Arminia from 2018 to 2021 before moving to Mainz last summer.
Unbeaten at home
Bielefeld and Bochum are the only two current top-flight sides that Mainz have never lost at home to in the Bundesliga.
Mainz and Bielefeld only concede an average of 1.2 goals per game under their coaches Bo Svensson and Frank Kramer – these are both club best returns.