The Black and Yellows escaped a closed margin encounter against FC Augsburg on Sunday.

In a sea saw battle Borussia Dortmund held their nerves against FC Augsburg to register a close 4-3 win. It was Giovanni Reyna’s strike in the nets that helped Dortmund bag 3 points in the game. From here on in the second half of the league, Dortmund will be looking to carry forward with the winning momentum. Dortmund’s next stop is Mainz 05. They will be travelling to MEWA Arena on Wednesday evening. Mainz had been struggling to find their winning ways since October 2022. Mainz won their last Bundesliga game against FC Koln on the 21st of October. Since then Mainz has struggled to get their campaign back on track.

Much anticipated comeback from Sebastian Haller has brought some confidence in Dortmund’s camp after Erling Haaland’s exit. In his first game, Haller could not get an opportunity to score, but the Dortmund camp will definitely expect him to bring his Ajax game. Borussia Dortmund might not be in the race to lift the Bundesliga championship this season, yet they are looking to make a statement. Currently, they are at Number 6 with 29 points in 16 games with 9 wins. Mainz is positioned at mid-table in 12th position with 20 points in 16 games. Mainz’s encounter before an all-important clash against Bayer Leverkusen also shares the same weight for Dortmund.  

Kick Off: 11:00 PM (IST), 6:30 PM Local Time

Borussia Dortmund (all competitions): W-L-L-W-W
Mainz 05 (all competitions): D-D-L-L-L

Players to watch out for

Borussia Dortmund

Sebastian Haller

Borussia Dortmund is looking at Sebastian Haller with high hopes. The former Ajax striker has impressed Dortmund bosses with his goal-scoring ability and also his ability to convert chances. Haller has made his debut against FC Augsburg, now he will be looking on to open his goal-scoring account.

Mainz 05

Marcus Ingvarsten

Jersey number 11 for Mainz Marcus Ingvarsten has been on an impressive run for Mainz. Ingvarsten has single-handedly taken charge of Mainz attacking line. So far in the season he has scored 5 goals for the team. Against Dortmund, Mainz will need to better their defensive line as well as expect Ingvarsten to score.

Team News

Before this important clash against Mainz, Dortmund suffered a big loss in Jude Bellingham. Bellingham will be sitting out due to 5th yellow card he got this season in the Bundesliga. Bellingham will be missing out on one game an all-important clash before Bayer Leverkusen. In place of 19-year-old Bellingham, Mahmoud Dahoud will be taking centre stage in midfield. Marco Reus also suffering from illness and may miss out on taking on Mainz.

On the other hand, Mainz are also dealing with injuries from a few of their main players like Delano Burgzorg, Jonathan Burkardt, and Marlon Mustafa. There are chances these players are set to miss out against Borussia Dortmund.

Head-to-Head record

Matches: 28
Borussia Dortmund: 18
Mainz 05: 5
Draws: 05

Predicted Lineup

Borussia Dortmund

Kobel (GK), Ryersen, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro, Dahoud, Ozcan, Adeyemi, Brandt, Haller, Moukoko

Mainz 05

Zentner (GK), Bell, Hack, Caci, Widmer, Barreiro,Stach, Caricol, Jae-sung, Onisiwo, Ingvarsten

Match Prediction

Borussia Dortmund will be looking to carry forward the winning momentum they got against FC Augsburg. Dortmund’s win against Augsburg came with a tough fight. Mainz will not be an easy opponent yet on paper Dortmund looks favourite to win the encounter. Mainz in the other hand will be looking to utilise the home advantage.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2 – 1 Mainz 05

Where and How to watch

Sony Sports Network has the broadcast rights for Bundesliga matches in India and Subcontinent.

India & Subcontinent: Sony Sports Network & Sony LIV app
United Kingdon: SKY Sports
Australia & New Zealand: beIN Sports
United States: ABC, ESPN, ESPN+