Pros 25.02.2022 — 16:24 Uhr

The battle of the table neighbours

The Zerofivers are making the trip to Köpenick to face a Union Berlin side that have lost all of their previous three matches and haven’t scored in that period. Mainz will be looking to avenge their only home defeat so far this season – read the best stats and facts on the upcoming duel

Ex-Union player Marcus Ingvartsen (2nd from L) and former Mainz striker Taiwo Awoniyi (R) were the goalscorers in the reverse fixture

1. FSV Mainz 05 travel to face 1. FC Union Berlin on Saturday afternoon (15:30 CET), with whom the Zerofivers are level on points and who are currently in ninth place. Having won their last five in a row at home – including the recent 3-2 victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the MEWA ARENA – the Zerofivers now want to pick up their first away victory since October 2021.

“Almost everyone is in good condition and is available for selection. We performed well in Freiburg and need to build on that this weekend, especially if we’ve got any hopes of an away victory. That’s our main focus, and we’ll need to put in a very strong away performance if we’re going to achieve that, but that’s also quite exciting. We’re excited ahead of this game after our last few positive results,” commented head coach Bo Svensson at the pre-match presser.

The capital-city side, who were promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time in 2019, have more than impressed since they joined the top flight. Urs Fischer’s side finished in seventh place last season and qualified for the UEFA Conference League. This season has also gone according to plan for FCU. They were once again in seventh place at Christmas, but since attacker Max Kruse transferred to VfL Wolfsburg in January, they’ve lost three consecutive league matches and haven’t scored a single goal in any of those defeats.

Match facts and stats

Just five previous meetings

The Zerofivers have only played against Union on five occasions in the Bundesliga. Mainz’s only win came in the second half of last season, FCU have emerged victorious three times, and there has also been one draw between the sides.

Contrasts

Mainz have picked up the most points in the league over the last three matchdays (7), and Union the fewest (0).

Mainz’s only home defeat this season

A brace from former Zerofiver Taiwo Awoniyi saw Union to a 2-1 victory at the MEWA ARENA back in October, which has been the only time Mainz have lost at home this season

Twice as many points

1. FSV Mainz 05 have picked up 34 points from the opening 23 matches of the season, their best-ever return since the 2015/16 season when they won 36 points in the same period. The Zerofivers have also accumulated double the amount of points after 23 matches in 2021/22 than they did in 2020/21 (17).

The wait for a goal goes on

Union have lost three Bundesliga matches in a row for the first time in almost two years, and have gone three matches without scoring for the first time in their Bundesliga history. Union’s current goal drought is the longest of any other side in the top-flight at the moment.

First goal comes from long range

FSV scored from a direct free-kick for the first time since April 2017 in the 3-2 victory against Leverkusen. This made goalscorer Aarón Martin the first Bundesliga player to open their account in the league from a direct free-kick since Robert Skov did so in November 2019.

Favourite opposition?

Union have scored more Bundesliga goals vs. Mainz (10) than against any other side.

Development in attack

Mainz are unbeaten in their last three league matches, their longest run without defeat since at the start of the season when they went four matches unbeaten from matchday 9 to matchday 12. The Zerofivers have scored at least once in all of their matches in 2022, after failing to score in three of the reverse fixtures against the same teams during the first half of the season.