Pros 16.03.2022 — 13:20 Uhr

Rose returns and a potential new club record

Solidarity with Ukraine as well as match facts and stats ahead of our home match against Borussia Dortmund

Jonny Burkhardt (2nd from L) pulled one back for the Zerofivers in our last fixture against BVB earlier this season.

Ten days after it was originally schedules, 1. FSV Mainz 05 welcome second-placed Borussia Dortmund to a sold-out MEWA ARENA this evening (18:30 CET). “We’re playing against a top opponent, who can turn up the heat in the title race with a win this evening. We’re in a particularly tough situation at the moment and need the fans behind us, just like we always do,” commented head coach Bo Svensson at the pre-match presser on Tuesday. The second-best defence in the league faces off against the second-best attack.

Mixed feelings for BVB

Last season’s third-placed side and DFB-Pokal winners Borussia Dortmund have been coached by Marco Rose since his arrival from Mönchengladbach in the summer, and the former Zerofiver has led BVB to 21 win in 36 competitive matches. However, they exited the Champions League in the group stages, lost 2-1 to St. Pauli in the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal and were recently knocked out of the Europa League, which, alongside an ordinary league campaign, has meant they have been the topic of plenty of discussions in the past few weeks.

Room to improve for the Zerofivers against BVB

To date, there have been 31 Bundesliga meetings between the two sides, of which Dortmund have won 18 and Mainz just five (and eight draws). The Zerofivers have beaten Dortmund at home on just three occasions, whilst BVB have picked up three away wins and the points have been shared three times.

Time to end the streak?

BVB are unbeaten in their last six matches in Mainz (W5, D1), and they’ve taken all three points in each of their last four matches at the MEWA ARENA. BVB’s ongoing unbeaten streak away to Mainz is their longest away to any current Bundesliga side, and Wolfsburg are the only other side with whom Mainz share this unwanted record.

Tuchel’s record has been equalled

Although the Zerofivers have picked up just one point from their last seven matches on the road, they’ve won five in a row on home turf which has equalled the club’s Bundesliga record which was set in autumn 2009 under Thomas Tuchel. Will Svensson’s side break the record?

It’s not over till it’s over

The Zerofivers have only conceded once in the final 15 minutes of their matches this season, in the last match against Dortmund when they lost 3-1. No other side has conceded fewer than four goals in this period, and Dortmund let in a late equaliser and their ninth late goal in their last away match against Augsburg.

More facts & stats

Aerial superiority

Mainz and Dortmund have conceded the fewest headed goals this season (two). However, BVB conceded a header in their last away match vs. Augsburg, whereas Mainz are yet to let in a header in 2022.

Rose returns

Marco Rose made 65 Bundesliga appearances for FSV between 2004 and 2007, and the BVB coach celebrated his 50th league win as a head coach in just his 93rd match.

Strong home form

This match sees BVB, who have the best home record in the league, visit the Bundesliga’s fourth-strongest home side.

Liable to a counter attack?

Mainz have scored 13 goals already this season shortly after winning back possession (3rd most in the league), whilst Dortmund have conceded 14 goals soon after losing possession (most).