Bundesliga Preview: Mainz-Bayern Munich

Jupp Heynckes' charges are yet to concede a goal in 2013, but they will have to be at their best against a home side looking to maintain a great start in the Bundesliga.


Pospech, Svensson Noveski, Diaz
Baumgartlinger, Malli
Muller, Ivanschitz, Caligiuri


Lahm, Dante, Van Buyten, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger

Muller, Kroos, Ribery

Suspended striker Adam Szalai joins the list of absences for the Bundesliga's fifth-placed team, which has built up a formidable reputation at home throughout an impressive 2012-13 season. The Hungarian scored twice in the side's last run-out, a 3-0 win away to Greuther Furth, but also picked up a yellow card that earned him a one-match suspension.

Ede is likely to replace Szalai. Defender Niko Bungert and midfielder Eric Choupu-Moting are still on the sidelines.

With no new injury or suspension concerns, Jupp Heynckes is likely to keep faith with the men who downed Stuttgart 2-0 in the last round of Bundesliga. That would mean more bench time for Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez, who are behind in the pecking order to Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller. Xherdan Shaqiri is one man likely to miss out on the trip to Mainz, after suffering an ankle injury.

  • Mainz has built up a fearsome reputation this season in front of its own fans. Only Borussia Dortmund and Greuther Furth have beaten Thomas Tuchel's men at the Coface Arena in the current campaign.
  • The club's fifth place position before Saturday's clash matches the highest finish ever achieved in Germany's top division. Mainz set that record in 2010-11, also securing Europa League qualification.
  • Suspended striker Szalai (right) is Mainz's top scorer in 2012-13, netting 11 goals to sit in fifth place in the overall standings.
  • Despite fierce competition up front, Bayern Munich's top marksman is Mario Mandzukic, who has converted 12 so far. 
  • Die Roten downed Saturday's rival with ease in their opening clash of 2012-13, running out 3-1 winners in Munich. 
  • The leaders have won a brilliant 15 games out of 19 this season, with only one defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen to blot the copybook.