Date: Saturday, 14 December 2019.
Kick-off Time: 2:30 PM
Venue: Mainz Stadium, Germany.
Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to secure a fourth successive win across all competition as they travel to face Mainz 05 this weekend.
Lucien Favre’s men currently occupy the third position on the log and are two points ahead of Bayern Munich. Dortmund must seek a win if they are to keep the pressure on the teams above them.
Dortmund is also the third-highest scorers in the league as goals have been pouring in from the likes of Paco Alcaer, Marco Reus, and the impressive Jadon Sancho while the likes of Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are leading in the scoring charts.
Mainz, on the other hand, has endured a difficult start to their League campaign in the Bundesliga as they currently occupy the 13th position on the log just three points clear of the relegation zone. Only of recent, there have been recent improvements for the struggling side with two wins from their last three games, making it their first back to back wins for the first time this season. They are yet to draw a game this term and have suffered nine defeats in their 14 games so far the most of any team outside relegation.
In addition to this, Favre’s men have won their last two league outings with the recent, which was a 5-0 demolition of Fortuna Dusseldorf. They will have to be disciplined as they have been sent off in some of their outings. However, the away side are fancied to take a win over the relegation side.
Marcel Schmelzer is out with a torn muscle, while Jacob Brunn Larsen is a significant doubt. In addition to the injury list, Thomas Delaney [Torn Ligament], Axel Witsel [Facial Injury]. Mahmoud Dahoud will replace Julian Weigl.
For Mainz, Danny Latza, Stefan Bell, Jean Phillippe Mateta, Jing Dong-Won, and Phillip Mwene are all a significant doubt for the game.
Mainz 05 Bundesliga form
Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga form
Mainz 05 1 – 4 Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund are priced at 1.66 to defeat Mainz 05, Mainz are given 4.93 to emerge victorious.
Written by: Olumide Akinnifesi