Summary

  • Mainz have lost their last two.
  • Promoted Freiburg currently in top half.
  • 05ers have never lost to Freiburg.

With 1. FSV Mainz 05 and SC Freiburg conceding three goals on Matchday 10, both sides will be looking to bounce back when they lock horns at the Opel Arena on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Losing 3-1 to RB Leipzig on the back of a heavy defeat against RSC Anderlecht in the UEFA Europa League may have rocked tenth-placed Mainz's confidence somewhat. However, home coach Martin Schmidt will know he can lift his charges with a reminder that the 05ers are yet to suffer a Bundesliga defeat at home against Saturday’s visitors.

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Mid-table Freiburg were outscored and significantly outrun as they suffered a 3-0 home defeat against VfL Wolfsburg last time out. Yet last season’s second-division champions will take heart from their last match on the road, when Maximilian Philipp, Vincenzo Grifo and Amir Abrashi were all on the scoresheet as the Black Forest team downed SV Werder Bremen 3-1 to gain their fourth win of the campaign.

Freiburg's Christian Streich has never beaten Mainz in the Bundesliga. © gettyimages / Michael Kienzler/Bongarts

Match Stats:

  • Mainz are unbeaten in nine Bundesliga games against Freiburg, winning five.
  • Freiburg have failed to win a Bundesliga game in seven visits to the Coface Arena.
  • Freiburg did, however, enjoy an extra time triumph away to Mainz in the DFB Cup quarter-finals in 2013.
  • Freiburg are the only Bundesliga side yet to draw a game this season.
  • Coach Christian Streich lost his first Bundesliga game in charge of Freiburg against Mainz (3-1) on 29 January 2012.
  • Mainz’s Stefan Bell scored his first Bundesliga goal against Freiburg on 22 November 2014.

The Venue - Opel Arena

1. FSV Mainz 05's OPEL ARENA will be packed to the rafters for Saturday's visit of SC Freiburg.
1. FSV Mainz 05's OPEL ARENA will be packed to the rafters for Saturday's visit of SC Freiburg. © gettyimages