Bundesliga

Mainz face daunting trip to castle Hertha

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.

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