• Second-placed Leipzig still unbeaten.
  • Substitute Sabitzer fired Leipzig to win on Matchday 9.
  • Mainz’s Onisiwo and De Blasis both became fathers during the week.

RB Leipzig will be aiming to continue their sensational start to life in the Bundesliga when they welcome 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Four wins in a row, most recently a clinical 2-0 victory at SV Darmstadt 98, have seen unbeaten Leipzig rise to second in the table. Substitute Marcel Sabitzer appeared off the bench to grab both goals and must be in line to start against Mainz, but coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has the enviable problem of an in-form squad jostling to be part of this remarkable run.

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Mainz dug deep last time to see FC Ingolstadt 04 off with a 2-0 win, with both goals coming after half-time. But the eye-catching story from that game was the absence after the break of Karim Onisiwo, who left the ground after learning of the birth of his son Leroy around the time the half-time whistle was blown. Team mate Pablo De Blasis also became a father a few days later, and the Zero-Fivers will be hoping that the wave of positivity off the pitch will help in their bid to climb into the European places.

Marcel Sabitzer (c.) scored twice to earn Leipzig all three points at SV Darmstadt 98 last time out. © gettyimages

Match Stats

  • If Leipzig avoid defeat, they will equal Duisburg’s record as the only promoted side not to lose any of their opening ten matches.
  • With 21 points from nine games, Leipzig are the best Bundesliga new boys for 19 years.
  • Leipzig have won three of their four home games.
  • This is the first competitive fixture between the two sides.
  • Leipzig have equalled Mainz’s 2010/11 record of seven goals from substitutes after nine games.
  • Mainz have 14 points from their opening nine matches, two more than at this point last season.

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