Summary

  • Mainz defeated in half their games so far.
  • Köln with only three losses to their name.
  • 05ers beginning life without top scorer Yunus Malli.

1. FSV Mainz 05 and 1. FC Köln have the honour of bringing the first half of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season to a close this Sunday when Germany's two Carnival clubs meet at the Opel Arena (kick-off 17:30CET/16:30GMT).

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The big news at Mainz over the winter break has been the departure of influential midfielder Yunus Malli to VfL Wolfsburg. The 24-year-old scored six and assisted just as many in the first half of the season, and replacing him will perhaps be Martin Schmidt's biggest challenge, especially against a Köln side that tends not to concede many.

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Peter Stöger's Köln, meanwhile, will fancy their chances of taking three points in this one.. They came back from two goals down to win this fixture 3-2 last season, with Anthony Modeste, who has 13 goals to his name this term, among the scorers. The Billy Goats have also been solid at the back this term, losing just three games, with first-choice goalkeeper Timo Horn set to return to injury.

Yunus Malli - involved in 12 goals for Mainz this season - has left the club for Wolfsburg.

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Match Stats

  • Mainz have conceded 30 goals from their 16 matches, more than they have ever shipped at this stage of a top-flight campaign.
  • Köln already have more points on the board after 16 games (25) than they did in the whole of last season’s Hinrunde (24).
  • Mainz have picked up five red cards, more than they have previously accumulated in an entire Bundesliga campaign.
  • The Billy Goats are without a win in five games, which was their longest winless run in 2016 (D4 L1).
  • Mainz have won four of their last five home games, only losing to FC Bayern München in that time.
  • Anthony Modeste has scored 13 of Köln‘s 21 goals (62%).
  • Mainz have lost just one of their last six games against Köln – 3-2 after leading 2-0 in April last season.
  • Köln have failed to score in six of their last nine matches against Mainz.

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