Mainz fact file
Sat, 03/02/18, 09:00
A fixture that guarantees goals
FC Bayern and 1. FSV Mainz have previously met 25 times in competitive action, and so far just one encounter has ended goalless (matchday 31 in 2011/12). The remaining matches have seen an average of 3.7 goals. fcbayern.com brings you all the other facts and figures you need to know ahead of Saturday’s meeting.
5 from 5, 9 from 11, 16 from 23
FCB travel to Mainz with an impressive record of five wins from their last five visits by an aggregate scoreline of 13-2. The last trip to Mainz was a 3-1 victory in December 2016. The Reds have in fact won nine of their last 11 games against the 05ers. From the so far 23 Bundesliga encounters, Bayern have 16 wins to their name (3 draws, 4 defeats) as well as 60 goals (just 25 conceded).
Home vs. away
Mainz have just five victories to their name this season, and they have all come at their Opel Arena. In fact, 16 of their 20 points this campaign have come at home. Bayern on the other hand have failed to win just seven of their last 30 matches in all competitions, with six of those coming on the road (3 draws, 3 defeats).
Defence vs. attack
The 05ers have conceded 35 goals this season, which is the worst defence in the league alongside Freiburg. This weekend they’re up against a Bayern side with by far the league’s best attack – a whopping 49 goals.
Never in danger
Since Mainz returned to the Bundesliga in 2009/10 they have never been in an automatic relegation position. The only other team to have been in the league that entire time who can also boast that feat? FC Bayern.
De Jong reunion
Mainz’s January arrival Nigel de Jong played alongside Arjen Robben in the 2010 World Cup final against Spain. The 33-year-old journeyman is in fact unbeaten against FCB (2 wins, 3 draws) and scored the first of his two Bundesliga goals against the Reds in 2006 for Hamburg.
Storks to take charge
Sören Storks will referee a Bayern match for the first time in his career on Saturday. The 29-year-old from Velen near the Dutch border is in his debut Bundesliga season and makes just his fifth top-flight appearance this matchday. He’s assisted by Thorben Siewer and Sven Waschitzki. The fourth official is Thorsten Schiffner, while Marco Fritz is the video assistant in Cologne.