Match: Mainz 05 – Borussia Dortmund
Date: October 16, Friay, 2015
Start time: 19:45 GMT
Mainz 05 host Borussia Dortmund in a game from ninth round in the “Bundesliga”. The game is on Friday at 19:30 GMT at “Koface Arena”, which is expected to be packed to see the return of former favorite Thomas Tuhel.
Mainz is on the 8th position in the standings with a 21 points, five less than his upcoming opponent, who is on 2nd position. Many people predicted a difficult season for Mainz and struggle for survival after the team split with key figures in the summer, including Shinji Okazaki and Johannes Geis, as well as his senior coach Thomas Tuhel. On the wings of inspiration this season, however Yunus Malli, who has six goals in eight matches this season.
Mainz registered four wins and four losses this season. They beat Hannover at home with 3: 0 and Hoffenheim 3:1 and lost to champions Bayern 0:3 and Ingolstadt 0:1. As a guest Mainz beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2:1 and Darmstadt 3:2, the expense of which bow their heads before Schalke (1:2) and Bayer Leverkusen (0:1).
It is noteworthy that except for “The Bavarians” Mainz no other defeat more than goal difference. The team of Martin Schmidt is a constant with his performances this season and will surely be a stong opponent for Borussia in the upcoming match.
In the team has three players questionable for the game. These are Zimling, Frey and Soto. Surely their absence would affect the play of the team, as they are major players in the selection of Schmidt.
After a series of 11 consecutive victories Dortmund seemed to have returned to his best form, but in their last five games in all competitions recording four draws and one loss. In the last round Borussia catastrophic losses during his visit to Bayern Munich 1: 5 and left five points “Bavarians”.
Thomas Tuhel can not rely on half a football team in the upcoming visit. Subotic, Durm, Sahin, Leitner, Burki and Schmelzer are all injured. Subotic lack of defensive specialist will make return as defender Lars Bender and his position will play a youngster Vajgl that leaves excellent impressions to date. In the middle of the field before it will act Gundogan and Castro and to attack well-known trio Obameyang, Kagawa and Reus.
I expect to see a very interesting match on Friday night. Dortmund this season playing very attractive football and will certainly try to find out the result as quickly as possible. After a good series of 15 victories, Dortmund haven;t win in their last five games and will try to return to winning ways. They scored in each of those five games, but conceded goals and you talk bad about their performance in defense. On the other side Mainz also likes attacking football and play a very offensive to own stadium.