Mainz 05 will play their first game of the month on Wednesday when they welcome Borussia Dortmund to the MEWA Arena, as they look to kick off March with a victory.
The visitors have been undefeated in their previous four Bundesliga matches, and they remain in the title race this season, being just seven points behind Bayern Munich with a game in hand.
Mainz 05 have been having a strong season so far, as they have achieved more points at this point in the season than they have managed since 2016, showcasing the consistency they have brought to their performances.
However, after their previously scheduled match against Augsburg was postponed, the club have not actually played a game this month, creating a lengthy break since their last outing.
Bo Svensson will likely want to forget about that particular fixture, as it ended in a 3-1 defeat against Union Berlin, with Delano Burgzorg’s 90th-minute goal being nothing more than a consolation.
To make matters worse, Dominik Kohr was also sent off in the match, which is something that will have an impact on them for this game, where the club will be hoping to get straight back to winning ways.
At home, Mainz have been one of the strongest teams in the Bundesliga this season, having only lost once, and they shall be looking to continue that record in midweek.
Borussia Dortmund’s Donyell Malen celebrates scoring their second goal with Julian Brandt, Emre Can, Marco Reus and teammates on February 20, 2022© Reuters
Borussia Dortmund will take some belief from the fact that they took all three points during the last meeting between the two teams earlier this season, which the squad shall be hoping to repeat.
A brace from Erling Braut Haaland and a goal by Marco Reus proved to be enough on the day, with the fixture finishing 3-1, and taking a similar result would help their race for the title.
Marco Rose’s men are currently second placed in the league, just seven points behind Bayern Munich, but with a game in hand, they will certainly have the belief that they can push all the way.
Dortmund secured three points at the weekend in their most recent outing, with a goal from Marius Wolf being enough to separate them and Arminia Bielefeld, with the match ending 1-0.
However, away from the home Rose’s team have not been as consistent, only winning half of their matches, losing four and drawing twice, which is something that they will want to address.