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Occupying second and third going into the midweek fixtures, both Hoffenheim and Kasper Hjulmand's (pictured) Mainz managed to preserve their unbeaten records to remain within touching distance of the league leaders FC Bayern München. Both will be out to defend those proud unbeaten records at the Coface Arena.
With only currently on international duty, Kasper Hjulmand can choose from the same group of players he has relied upon for Mainz's first five games of the season. There's no prizes for guessing which name will be first on the team sheet though. Having netted goals five in as many league matches, Shinji Okazaki will be looking to continue his scoring form against die Kraichgauer.
(pictured) is set to face his former club at the Coface Arena, saying it is "always special" to visit Mainz. He added, however, that he is a "total professional" and that he'll give everything for the Hoffenheim cause "for 90 minutes on Friday". That is if he has recovered from the tonsilitis which ruled him out of Tuesday's draw with Freiburg.
There is no escaping the fact that is the form player in the Bundesliga at present. Almost everything he touches turns to gold (or goals) with five in his first five Bundesliga games this season. The most prolific Japanese player ever to have graced the Bundesliga stage is proving too hot to handle for opposition defences.
After earning a call-up to the Germany national team recently, 's confidence levels have soared. Officially a full-back, he contributes as much going forward as he does at the back. His set-pieces and lofted passes meanwhile have caused Hoffenheim's opponents more than a few problems this season.
Christian Heidel (Mainz sporting director): I am getting the impression that the team are getting better and better.
The morale in the group is really high. Maybe a year ago, we would have lost our game [against Freiburg], but not now.
After losing in Europe and in the DFB Cup, Mainz have pulled up their socks and rolled up their sleeves to hit the ground running at the start of the Bundesliga campaign with two wins and three draws. Likewise, Hoffenheim are unbeaten having seemingly resolved their biggest problem from last season - conceding too many goals.
Still a relatively new fixture on the Bundesliga landscape, with only ten previous meetings, Mainz have the upper hand with six wins and only one defeat. That sole Hoffenheim win came on Matchday 5 of the 2011/12 season, in Mainz, where the visitors ran out 4-0 winners.
Mainz: Karius - Brosinski, Bungert, Bell, Junior Diaz - Geis, Baumgartlinger - Allagui, Djuricic, Hofmann - Okazaki
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Rudy, Süle, Strobl, Beck - Polanski, Vestergaard - Volland, Roberto Firmino, Elyounoussi - Modeste