Borussia Dortmund will look to extend their incredible unbeaten run in 2016 when they welcome 1. FSV Mainz to Signal Iduna Park in the Bundesliga.
The match kicks off in the early hours of Monday morning at 00:30am HKT.
Die Borussen are yet to lose in any competition in 2016 and come into the match off the back of an impressive 3-0 win over Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League on Thursday.
Second place Dortmund’s form has seen them impressively keep pace with Bayern Munich, who hold a five-point lead at the top of the table ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
However, they face a tough task against Mainz, who are exceeding all expectations to sit fifth in the standings, just one point behind FC Schalke 04 and a potential place in next season’s Champions League. The visitors are also in a rich vein of form and have lost just once in their last seven league outings.
Die Nullfünfer will play the match without fear after they beat Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena at the start of the month, which coincidentally reignited Dortmund’s title challenge.
If they are to take anything away from their match against Dortmund, Mainz will need to find a way to shackle Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was once again among the goals against Spurs where he scored his 34th goal of the season in all competitions.
Yunus Malli has been a key performer for the visitors all season and could make a difference again on Sunday, but will need to find a way to break his hoodoo against Dortmund, having lost all five times he has played against them in his career.
Mainz head coach Peter Perchtold revealed his assistant was at Signal Iduna Park to watch Dortmund’s impressive display against Spurs, but remains confident his side is well-prepared for the match.
“My assistant coach Peter Perchtold was in Dortmund, I have seen it on television,” said Schmidt.
“It was a special game, but you saw what makes Dortmund strong. The game has once again confirmed our impressions.”
Center back Sokratis Papastathopoulos misses out for the home side with an adductor injury, while Mainz will be without Pierre Bengtsson (ankle), Emil Berggreen (knee) and Yoshinori Muto (ankle). Elkin Soto has resumed light training following a knee injury, but is unlikely to play any part in the match.