Always a winner in the last 11 years
There has not been a draw in a meeting between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK since 2011. The facts on the match on Saturday afternoon.
The scenario: First versus ninth. Mainz can move up to eighth position at best. BVB will become champions if they win against Mainz, or if they draw or lose against Mainz and Bayern Munich do not win at 1. FC Cologne. The Black & Yellows have won their last four Bundesliga meetings with Mainz – they do not have a longer ongoing run against any other club.
Home/away: Borussia Dortmund have had the best season in club history at their own stadium. 43 points (14 wins, one draw and one defeat) is already their best performance. With an almost even record (six wins, three draws and seven defeats), Mainz are eighth in the away table. Recently, there have been two clear 3-0 losses in Wolfsburg and in Frankfurt.
Head-to-head record: The spoils were shared in four of the first five home games against Mainz, but the last 11 meetings have always produced a winner – Borussia Dortmund on nine occasions. On average, the Black & Yellows have conceded fewer than a goal per game against this opponent (29 in 33 matches). They have never lost after taking a 1-0 lead (17 wins, five draws).
Statistics: Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten in seven rounds of matches, have recorded the most wins in the league (22) and have scored at least one goal in their last 19 matches. Mainz have lost their last four matches and have not kept a clean sheet for seven weeks. The last game in which they didn't concede was their 3-0 victory in Leipzig on 1 April.
Biggest win: The game in February 2005 ended in a 1-0 win thanks to goals from Ebi Smolarek, Jan Koller and Lars Ricken. The Black & Yellows recorded 31 shots at goal overall – a record for any team in the 2004/2005 season.
Compiled by Boris Rupert