Pros 15.04.2022 — 13:48 Uhr

Strong at home against strong tacklers

Stats and facts before the home game against VfB Stuttgart

After three straight away games within six days, 1. FSV Mainz 05 are finally back at home again. The Zerofivers will play host to VfB Stuttgart at the MEWA Arena on Saturday at 15:30 CEST. Although the Swabians won the reverse fixture 2-1, they are in a precarious position in the table (15th on 27 points). FSV’s situation is a lot more relaxed going into the final five matchdays. “Nevertheless, we still want to win this game,” stressed head coach Bo Svensson. “Our motivation has to come from ourselves. Like I said 17 months ago, we want to play Mainz 05 football, especially at home.”

Full quotes from the head coach can be found here.

VfB had a strong campaign last season, finishing ninth as a promoted side. 2021/22 began promisingly too with a 5-1 win over Fürth to leave them top after matchday 1. However, the Swabians only recorded one win from their following 11 games. They are currently just one point ahead of Bielefeld (16th) and Hertha (17th), meaning they are fighting for survival still. Just like Mainz, Stuttgart have had little success away from home this season, recording just one win and collecting nine points from their 14 away matches to date.

Head-to-head record

Stuttgart have won 12 of the 27 Bundesliga meetings between the two clubs. FSV have recorded nine wins and the other six games ended all square. In Mainz, however, the Zerofivers have the superior record, having been victorious six times from 13 matches.

Intensity

This clash will see Stuttgart, the side with the highest challenge success rate in the second half of the season (54%), face Mainz, the team which has contested the second-most challenges per game in 2022 (114 – only Bielefeld have tackled more often; 118).

At home

Mainz have won six of their last seven Bundesliga home games. Bo Svensson’s team are fourth in the home form table and have taken more points at home (30) than VfB Stuttgart have managed all season (27).

Shots

Only FC Bayern (20.3) and Bayer 04 Leverkusen (16.6) are averaging more shots per game than Mainz (14.5) and Stuttgart (14.4) in the second half of the season.

An eye for goal

Mainz academy product Jonny Burkardt has scored 10 goals this season. The only other German to have reached double figures already in the Bundesliga is Serge Gnabry (11).

Susceptible from corners

Mainz only let in one goal from corners across their first 27 games this season, but have conceded three across the last two matches.

Many defeats

Stuttgart’s 2-0 defeat to Dortmund last time out was already their 14th loss in the Bundesliga this season. By comparison, they only lost 13 times across the whole of 2020/21.