Threat coming from the wings, fewer strikes at home and the aerial battle
Match stats and facts ahead of the upcoming away game vs. 1. FC Köln
1. FSV Mainz play their third away game in six days as they face 1. FC Köln on Saturday afternoon (15:30 CEST) at the RheinEnergieSTADION. The home side currently occupy eighth place and the Zerofivers are in tenth. FSV head coach Bo Svensson, whose side will be accompanied by 2,000 travelling fans, is expecting a tough task and is looking forward to a “proper game of football”: “Köln are a very active side, who attack with real firepower. They have the third-highest average possession in the league (54%) and have quality players all over the pitch,” commented the Dane at the pre-match press conference.
Köln had to defeat KSV Holstein Kiel in a relegation play-off to secure their Bundesliga status last season after managing to escape automatic relegation on the final day of the season. Steffen Baumgart took over as head coach this year and has done very well – Effzeh have picked up 40 points from 28 matches and are still in with a chance to qualify for Europe. Baumgart has picked up an average of 1.43 points per game since taking charge, which is the best record of any FC Köln head coach since the three-points-for-a-win rule was introduced.
Mainz’s record in this fixture is just about positive. The Zerofivers have won eight of the 18 Bundesliga meetings between the two sides, with Köln winning six and the points being shared on seven occasions – including when the teams met earlier this season.
The last time we played in Köln
FSV won in Köln for the first time in the Bundesliga in 2020/21. On their tenth attempt, the Zerofivers secured a 3-2 away victory on matchday 28, which proved to be a huge three points in the battle to stay up for FSV.
Not too many goals
Köln scored 17 goals in their first seven home matches this season, but have only managed four more in their last seven at the RheinEnergieSTADION.
The aerial battle
The Zerofivers have conceded the fewest headers in the league this season alongside Dortmund (2). On the other hand, Köln have scored the most headed goals in 2021/22 (13), of which one was Salih Özcan’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
More facts and stats
Mainz cause Köln problems
Effzeh have only won one of their last seven top-flight meetings against Mainz (they got a 1-0 away win over us last season).
The last 15 minutes
Mainz 05 (2) and FC Köln (4) are the two teams with the fewest goals scored in the final 15 minutes of their league matches this season.
Uth’s favourite opposition
Köln striker Mark Uth has scored eight goals in 11 matches against the Zerofivers, and he’s never scored as often as this against any other side.
Threat on the wings
Effzeh have attempted the most crosses in the league in 2021/22 (486).
Only FC Bayern (20) execute more pressing sequences per game than Mainz (17.9) and Köln (16.9).