The Bundesliga 1 fixture at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday will see home team Borussia Dortmund ready themselves for the visit of Mainz.
All Borussia Dortmund v Mainz match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below (inc. the best betting odds).
Borussia Dortmund, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 1-3 Bundesliga 1 triumph versus RB Leipzig.
In that match, Borussia Dortmund managed 46% possession and 15 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. For Borussia Dortmund, the goals were scored by Jadon Sancho (55') and Erling Håland (71', 84'). For their opponents, RB Leipzig had 12 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Alexander Sørloth (89') scored for RB Leipzig.
Matches with Borussia Dortmund have often been engaging affairs lately with plenty of scoring anticipated. Over their past 6 clashes alone, a total of 20 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 11 of these coming from Dortmund.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt in Bundesliga 1 action, Mainz and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Mainz had 39% possession and 9 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. For their opponents, Eintracht Frankfurt got 13 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. André Silva (24', 72') scored for Eintracht Frankfurt.
The stats tell the story, and Mainz have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 11 goals in total. Defensively, Mainz seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly. Such a trend isn’t assured to be sustained into this next game, however.
Going into this contest, Mainz are without an away win for the past 3 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head to head clashes going back to 12/12/2017 tells us that Borussia Dortmund have won 4 of these games & Mainz 2, with the tally of drawn matches being 0.
A sum of 17 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 11 of them from Dortmund and 6 for Mainz. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.83.
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was Bundesliga 1 match day 32 on 17/06/2020 when the final score was Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Mainz.
That time, Borussia Dortmund had 70% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target.
Mainz got 9 shots at goal with 5 on target. Jonathan Burkardt (33') and Jean-Philippe Mateta (49') scored.
The match was refereed by Frank Willenborg.
Team News: Borussia Dortmund
Axel Witsel (Achilles tendon rupture), Marcel Schmelzer (Knee Surgery) and Thorgan Hazard (Muscle Injury) will be missing for Dortmund gaffer Edin Terzić.
Team News: Mainz
Out of a mainly healthy group of players, there is only the lone fitness problem for the Mainz manager Bo Svensson to contend with. Pierre Kunde Malong (Knee Surgery) misses out for this game.
We feel that in this game, Mainz should get enough chances to score a goal against this Borussia Dortmund side, although that might not quite be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We reckon that it will be a very close game with a 2-1 advantage for Borussia Dortmund when all is said and done. Let’s wait and see how it plays out.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Signal Iduna Park (81,365)
Captain: Marco Reus
Chairman: Hans-Joachim Watzke
Manager: Edin Terzić
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 4, DFB-Pokal (Third Round), Champions League (Last 16)
🔑 Key Player: Erling Håland
Typically taking up the Striker position, Erling Håland was born in Leeds, England. Having made a first senior appearance for Molde FK in the 2017 season, the accomplished Forward has scored 12 league goals in this Bundesliga 1 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 10 appearances.