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November 24, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
Coface Arena — Mainz
Referee:‬ K. Kircher‎
Attendance:‬ 34000‎

Mainz - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Champions look to build on morale-boosting week

Jurgen Klopp's side have enjoyed a terrific triumph over Ajax on Wednesday night, and they will hope to add to their achievements in Europe when they return to Bundesliga action

By Alec Fenn

Dortmund's Gotze celebrates against Furth


Pospech, Svensson, Noveski, Junior Diaz
Baumgartlinger, Soto
Muller, Szalai

Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer
Kehl, Gundogan
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus

There is nothing quite like sealing your place in the knock-out phase of the Champions League to send you into the weekend with a spring in your step.

That is the case for Borussia Dortmund who swept Ajax aside 4-1 on Wednesday and confirmed that they are indeed a force to be reckoned with in Europe.

It has been a different story in the Bundesliga, however, with the reigning champions in fourth place on 22 points, nine points adrift of runaway leaders Bayern Munich heading into Saturday's game.

But their form since the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on October 10 has been encouraging and back-to-back 3-1 wins over Augsburg and Greuther Furth leave BVB in rude health.

Mainz are enjoying a positive season of their own, though, and after finishing 13th in the division last season, the hosts sit in a respectable eighth place - just five behind Jurgen Klopp's side.

The visitors will be without Lars Bender who misses out with a nose injury, while Patrick Owomoyela continues his rehabilitation from surgery on a troublesome calf problem.

Niko Bungert, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Chinedu Edu are missing for Mainz through knee, fitness and hamstring problems respectively.

  • Borussia Dortmund have emerged 2-1 victors from their last two clashes with Mainz.
  • BVB have won three and drawn two of their last five games in all competitions.
  • Robert Lewandowski (right) has scored two goals in each of his last three games.
  • Mainz's last victory over Dortmund came back in 2009 when they won 1-0 at the Coface Arena.
  • Christian Heidel's team have won four of their five home games in the Bundesliga this season, losing just once.
  • Goals have been hard to come by for Saturday's hosts, however, with just 15 scored from their 12 league games to date.
  • A Mainz victory would move the club to within just two points of Jurgen Klopp's side in the table.

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29Christian WetkloGoalkeeper
2Bo SvenssonDefender
3Zdenek PospechDefender
4Nikolce NoveskiDefender
5Radoslav ZabavnikDefender
33Marco CaligiuriMidfielder
14Julian BaumgartlingerMidfielder
19Elkin SotoMidfielder
27Nicolai MüllerMidfielder
25Andreas IvanschitzMidfielder
28Adam SzalaiStriker
21Loris KariusGoalkeeper
20Junior DíazDefender
8Eugen PolanskiMidfielder
21Marcel RisseMidfielder
13Nikita RukavytsyaStriker
31Shawn ParkerStriker
17Ivan KlasnicStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
Players to Watch
Andreas Ivanschitz
Andreas Ivanschitz
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Goals have been few and far between for Mainz with just 15 mustered in the league so far this season. Four of those have come from the boots of midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz and his position at the tip of a diamond formation will be key if the home side are to get a result.
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
30 18 2 0
There are few, if any, strikers in world football in as good a form as the Poland international at the time of writing. With four goals inside the last seven days and six in his last three matches, the 24-year-old looks to have put a stuttering start to the season behind him and will fancy his chances of adding to his tally.
The last two fixtures between the two sides have ended in 2-1 victories for Borussia Dortmund and the same could well happen again. Mainz are strong at home, but the confidence of that 4-1 victory over Ajax on Wednesday should be enough to get the reigning champions over the line on Saturday.
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Mainz 1
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Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
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Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Borussia Dortmund
15 5