Mainz will welcome RB Leipzig to Mewa Arena this Saturday as both teams battle for three points in the ninth round of the 2022/23 Bundesliga season.
Venue: Mewa Arena (Mainz)
Mainz have won just one of their last five league games (D1, L3).
The hosts are winless at home this season (D2, L1).
They have scored just one league goal at home this season.
The visitors have scored seven goals in their last two games.
They have kept two clean sheets in their last four league games.
Leipzig’s Marco Rose has his joint-highest number of Bundesliga wins against his old club (five).
Head to head
In 12 meetings between both clubs, RB Leipzig have seven wins while Mainz have three wins.
Latest performances in all competitions
Mainz welcome RB Leipzig to the Opel Arena as both teams lock horns in round nine of the German Bundesliga. Bo Svenson’s team currently sit in 12 positions after a four-game winless streak.
Mainz come into this game off the back of a 2-1 loss to title-chasing Freiburg last weekend, a loss that took them closer to the relegation zones.
With both teams struggling for form recently, there are no outright favourites in this encounter and Bo Svenson will be keen to see his team take all three points on offer when Marco Rose brings his team to the Opel Arena.
Mainz have enjoyed relative success in this fixture, with two wins and three defeats in their last five encounters, Die Nullfünfer will fancy their chances of doing it again against a struggling Leipzig side.
Possible Mainz starting line-up
Robin Zentner; Stefan Bell, Silvan Widmer, Alexander Hack; Danny da Costa, Dominik Kohr, Barreiro Martins, Anton Stach, Aaron Martin; Jonathan Burkardt, Karim Onisiwo.
Injured: Marcus Ingvartsen, Marlon Mustapha, Maxim Leitsch
Suspended: Alexander Hack
Marco Rose has been an instant hit since taking over at Leipzig following the sacking of Domenico Tedesco. With three wins in his first five games in charge, including back-to-back victories in all competitions, the German tactician looks to have brought the feel-good mood back to the Red Bull Arena.
Leipzig secured a well-deserved three points against Celtic in midweek to keep their Champions League campaign alive, where they sit third in Group F one point behind Shakhtar Donetsk after round three of Champions League football.
More crucially, Leipzig secured an impressive 4-0 win over Bochum in their last outing in the German Bundesliga. Braces from Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku handed Marco Rose his second win as a Leipzig manager.
Die Roten Bullen will fancy their chances of making it three wins in the bounce with yet another win against Mainz, and with their recent upturn in form, a win against Bo Svenson’s side could be on the cards.
Possible RB Leipzig starting line-up
Janis Blaswich; Mohamed Simakan, Willi Orban, Josko Gvardiol, David Raum; Kevin Kampl, Xaver Schlager; Dominik Szoboszlai, Christopher Nkunku, Timo Werner, Andre Silva.
Injured: Konrad Laimer, Dani Olmo, Lukas Klostermann, Peter Gulacsi
Mainz 1-1 RB Leipzig