1. FSV Mainz 05 will be aiming to get back to winning ways in the Bundesliga when they host a Borussia Dortmund side struggling for form and under new management.
12 December 2017
Kick-off: 21H30 (GMT+2)
Venue: OPEL Arena
Referee: B. Brand
Assistants: R. Schröder, M. Thomsen
Fourth official: P. Alt
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Mainz 22 3 7 12
Dortmund 22 12 7 3
Mainz 1-1 Dortmund 29/01/17 (Bundesliga)
Mainz goalscorers: D. Latza (83′)
Dortmund goalscorers: M. Reus (3′)
Players to watch
Top scorer this season Yoshinori Muto is still injured for Mainz, which means the likes of Emil Berggreen and Viktor Fischer will need to pick up the slack.
Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may need to inspire Dortmund into a winning performance to turn their season around. The 28-year-old has scored 20 goals in only 21 appearances across all competitions.
Team form and manager quotes
The hosts have not won in their last three league games, losing two. Mainz lost 2-1 at Freiburg and 3-1 at home against Augsburg before a 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig on Saturday.
The O-Fives are down in 14th position after 15 games, but could climb up to 11th with a victory. However, they haven’t beaten BVB in their last five meetings. Mainz last beat Dortmund in 2014.
Meanwhile, Dortmund will be desperate to find some form after appointing Peter Stöger as their new head coach on Sunday, having parted ways with Peter Bosz after a 2-1 defeat at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday.
The visitors are without a win in their last eight top-flight matches, losing five, and have fallen from first position in the standings to eighth. A win could push them up to fifth place.
Stöger admits it’s unlikely he will be able to make an impact in such a short space of time, having taken over the reins on Sunday, and was quoted by kurier.at as saying: “I’m going to talk to the players, it’s all about empathy, but no one can expect to see my handwriting on Tuesday, we’ll see what we can change quickly.”
— Mainz 05 English (@Mainz05en) 11 December 2017
Mainz have three new injury problems, with Levin Öztunali, Stefan Bell, and Kenan Kodro on the sidelines.
Dortmund will be missing Gonzalo Castro and Maximilian Philipp due to injuries, while Mario Götze is out until January.