1. FSV Mainz 05 welcome local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt in the first Rhine-Main derby of the season this Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

History

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Top facts

  • Mainz are on a three-game unbeaten streak (one win, two draws) for the first time this season.
  • If they can avoid defeat again this weekend, they would match their best league run under Martin Schmidt.
  • Frankfurt have won just one of their last nine games, picking up just seven points - only SV Werder Bremen have taken fewer points (six) in the same period.
  • If Eintracht beat Mainz by one goal, the two sides will be locked together both on points and goal difference.
  • Mainz were promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time in 2004. Since then, they have gained 411 top-flight points compared to Frankfurt's 379, with both having played 319 matches.
  • The corresponding fixture last season was Schmidt's first as Mainz coach. His side won 3-1, despite falling behind.
  • That made Schmidt the first Mainz coach to win on his Bundesliga debut – Thomas Tuchel and Kasper Hjulmand both drew, while Jürgen Klopp lost.

Possible line-ups:

Mainz: Karius - Brosinski, Bungert, Bell, Bengtsson - Baumgartlinger, Latza - Jairo, Malli, De Blasis - Muto

Frankfurt: Hradecky – Hasebe, Zambrano, Abraham, Oczipka – Medojevic, Reinartz – Aigner, Stendera, Ignjovski – Meier