Summary

  • Hertha with four home wins from four this season.
  • Mainz with one point from last three away games.
  • Four points separate the sides in the standings.

Hertha Berlin host 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday (kick-off: 16:30CET/15:30GMT), boasting a 100 per cent winning record on home soil so far this season.

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One of the surprise packages of the season so far, Hertha are right in the thick of things towards the top of the standings with 21 points to show for their first 11 matches of the campaign. The Old Lady were held to a goalless draw at FC Augsburg last weekend, but have proved a completely different animal on home soil, claiming wins over SC Freiburg, FC Schalke 04, Hamburger SV and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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The last time Mainz met Hertha was in a shootout for automatic UEFA Europa League qualification on the final day of last season. A goalless draw was enough for the 05ers to get the job done, but Martin Schmidt's side have scarcely played with such caution since. Indeed, Mainz have scored more goals (21) than any side outside of the top three and conceded more (20) than all but the Bundesliga's current bottom four clubs in 2016/17.

A Salomon Kalou (c.) hat-trick gave Hertha Berlin a 3-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach in their last home outing.

Match Stats

  • Five home games, five wins. Hertha are the strongest team in the league on home turf. 
  • Should the capital club win their sixth home game to open the season, it would be their best home start in 16 years. 
  • Hertha’s 21-point haul after 11 games sees them in sixth place; last season it would have been good enough for third (in six Bundesliga seasons since the three-point rule was introduced in 1995, 21 points was enough for second). 
  • Mainz have kept just two clean sheets all season.
  • Yunus Malli struck for the 29th time in a Mainz shirt on Matchday 11, bringing him level with Mohamed Zidan as the club’s all-time leading Bundesliga goalscorer.  Another goal would put him alone at the top at just 24 years old.

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The Venue - The Olympiastadion