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  • March 19, 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: F. Brych
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Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Mainz

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Mainz


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, Sahin; Goetze, Lewandowski Grosskreutz; Barrios.

Mainz: Wetklo; Bungert, Svensson, Noveski, Fuchs; Polanski, Fathi, Soto;  Ivanschitz; Risse, Schuerrle.


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Borussia Dortmund are yet to lose at home to Mainz, with one win and three draws for Juergen Klopp's men.
  • Since defeating Thomas Tuchel's men earlier in the season, Der BVB have always been ahead of Mainz in the standings.
  • Current Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp was coach of Mainz from 2001 to 2008, achieving promotion to the Bundesliga with the Rheinhessen for the first time in their history. As a player he spent 11 years with Mainz, playing in 325 second division games.
  • Borussia Dortmund have conceded three goals at home in their last 11 games at the Signal-Iduna Park, with none coming in their last three games.
  • Mohamed Zidan, currently on the books of Borussia Dortmund, is the leading goalscorer for Mainz in a single season.
  • Mainz have achieved nine away wins so far - more than in their last three seasons combined. The Oh Fives had never won more than three away games in a Bundesliga season.
  • The Rheinhessen have taken the same amount of points out of their away games as Borussia Dortmund have won at home. They have even outscored Der BVB by four goals, but have conceded 14 goals more.
  • Both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund have had their best season in the Bundesliga in their history so far.
  • Current Rheinhessen coach Thomas Tuchel celebrated winning the 2009 German A-Youth Championship with Mainz with a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.
  • Andre Schuerrle is one goal away from Borussia Dortmund's Mohamed Zidan's record of 13 goals in a season for Mainz.


LAST MEETING

October 31, 2010: Mainz 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

Mario Goetze and Lucas Barrios were on target as Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged high-flying Mainz t
o claim first spot, which they have not surrendered so far. Roman Weidenfeller was one of the heroes for Der BVB as he denied Eugen Polanski from the spot in the first half, preserving Juergen Klopp's men advantage before the restart.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
4Neven SuboticDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
-DedeDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
35Mohamed ZidanStriker
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
8Antônio da SilvaMidfielder
29Christian WetkloGoalkeeper
23Christian FuchsDefender
4Nikolce NoveskiDefender
2Bo SvenssonDefender
26Niko BungertDefender
19Elkin SotoMidfielder
3Malik FathiDefender
8Eugen PolanskiMidfielder
10Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
14Andre SchürrleStriker
35Petar SliskovicStriker
21Marcel RisseMidfielder
1Martin PieckenhagenGoalkeeper
16Florian HellerMidfielder
15Jan KirchhoffDefender
5Radoslav ZabavnikDefender
25Andreas IvanschitzMidfielder
Players to Watch
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The young Germany international was the star of the show in Der BVB's last meeting against Mainz and odds are on he is going to shine again. If Borussia Dortmund are to emerge winners, Goetze will have to have a good game.
Andre Schürrle
Andre Schürrle
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker has undoubtedly been Mainz's best player this season and for Mainz to take anything from this game Schuerrle has to rise to the occasion. He failed to score in his last game against Borussia Dortmund and will be keen not to miss out again.
Prediction
Juergen Klopp's men will be looking to bounce back from their loss against Hoffenheim last week and so will Mainz. Thomas Tuchel's men rise to the occasion on their travels and will put up one hell of a fight, but Der BVB are likely to edge this one.
Editor's Prediction
Mainz 1

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