There has not been a draw between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK since 2011. Here we bring you the facts on Saturday afternoon's match.
The scenario: Third versus ninth. Overall, BVB have lost only five of their 30 meetings with FSV.
Home/away: Borussia Dortmund have won every Bundesliga home game since 18 April (eight wins). Their last such home winning streak came in 1994 under Ottmar Hitzfeld. BVB have scored at least once in every one of their 21 home games since the start of the 2020/21 season, and at least twice in each of the last eight games. While the Black & Yellows are the only team yet to drop a point at home and have the best home record in the league, Mainz have the ninth-best away record (one win in Hoffenheim and two defeats).
Head-to-head record: The Black & Yellows have lost two of their last four home games against the Red & Whites, having previously gone undefeated in the first 11 meetings on home turf (seven wins and four draws). The spoils were shared in four of the first five home games against Mainz, but there has always been a winner in the last 10 meetings (Borussia Dortmund on eight occasions). On average, the Black & Yellows have conceded fewer than a goal per game to this opponent (27 goals in 30 games). They have never lost after taking a 1-0 lead (14 wins, five draws).
Statistics: No team has picked up more wins this season than Borussia Dortmund (five, the same as Bayer and Bayern), who are one of only two teams – along with Hertha – that are yet to draw a match. BVB have only failed to find the back of the net in one of their last 39 Bundesliga matches, but have not kept a single clean sheet in any of their last 10 games. The last league match in which they did not concede a goal was the 2-0 victory in Wolfsburg on 24 April 2021. Mainz have won only one of their last four matches – a 2-0 win in Hoffenheim on 11 September – and have only scored seven goals (below the league average of almost 11). They have the best defence in the division, however, with only five goals conceded! The Zero-Fivers are the only team to have kept four clean sheets this term. That means games involving Mainz are the lowest-scoring in the league. There have been only 12 goals across their opening seven matches.
Biggest home win: Goals from Ebi Smolarek, Jan Koller and Lars Ricken sealed a 3-0 victory in February 2005. The Black & Yellows had 31 shots that day – a season-record across the entire division in 2004/2005.
Compiled by Boris Rupert