Preview - Mainz 05 vs Borussia Dortmund 24 November 18

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Match Day 12
Mainz 05 vs. Borussia Dortmund
Saturday, October 24th 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Opel Arena

Mainz 05: 
Last five matches form: D L L W W
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 1.09
Top Scorer: Jean-Philipe Mateta (3)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 3.00
Average goals against per match: 1.09
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer & Marco Reus ( 8 )

Top of the table Borussia Dortmund have begun to create a little daylight between themselves and the chasing pack in recent weeks and take the only unbeaten record in the Bundesliga to Mainz 05 this week as they bid to keep up the pace.

Borussia Dortmund came out on top in this game last year with a 2-0 win. Mainz 05 gained their revenge though when shocking Borussia 2-1 at the Westfalenstadion.

Florian Müller, Ridle Baku, René Adler and Emil Berggreen are all out for the home side in this one, Dortmund must make do without Marcel Schmelzer.

The international break may not have come at a good time for Mainz 05 as they were just beginning to find a bit of form with back to back wins at home to Werder Bremen and away at Freiburg. They will be keen to keep that winning run going here but it looks a tough ask against the league leaders.

Dortmund also entered the international break on a high with a big win at home against the defending champions Bayern Munich. But then their whole season has been a high so far as they continue to play some lovely stuff under Lucien Favre.

Mainz 05 have lost just the once at home this season when going down narrowly to Bayern Munich. We fancy they may be up against it here though against the possible champions elect.

Prediction: Mainz 05 1 - 3 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  14 - 10
Shots on target: 8 - 8
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 40% - 60%

Alexander Hack and Pierre Kunde were booked for the home side in this one, with referee Deniz Aytekin also taking the name of Thomas Delaney of Leverkusen.

The hosts certainly acquitted themselves well here, as they do more often than not in front of their own fans. Behind in possession they were ahead on the shot count but still couldn't find a way to halt the Dortmund winning machine.

Dortmund were making much of the running in the early stages and causing plenty of problems with balls into the box from wide areas. Marco Reus going close with a bullet header that just missed the near post.

Mainz grew into the game though and began to create a few problems of their own, without really mustering anything clear cut. 0-0 at the break but given the manner in which these sides were attacking it seemed unlikely that it would end up that way.

Dortmund made the breakthrough in the 66th minute. Jadon Sancho slipping in Marco Reus in the left of the area and Reus playing the ball across the six-yard box for Paco Alcacer to slot home from close range.

The lead lasted only four minutes. Alexander Hack slipping the ball through to Robin Quaison via a slight deflection and Quaison finishing low and under the keeper from around eight yards.

The league leaders soon struck back though, regaining the lead in the 76th minute. A spot of pinball in the right corner of the eighteen-yard box ending with Lukasz Piszczek curling a beauty into the top right corner. A fine goal and in the end the match-winning one.

Mainz slip down to down to tenth spot with this defeat. Borussia Dortmund keep up the pace and remain four points clear at the summit of the Bundesliga.

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