- Gladbach eyeing first league win since Matchday 5.
- Mainz have struggled away from home recently.
- Foals eager to climb the table back into European places.
It may sound strange given that the Foals have not tasted victory in the Bundesliga since Matchday 5, but Andre Schubert's troops have been playing well of late. "We should've won our last three or four games at home - we had enough chances but just couldn't finish them," said defender Oscar Wendt after the Matchday 13 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Currently 13th in the standings, this fixture provides Gladbach the chance to secure a sorely needed confidence boost to instigate a positive run of results.
Visitors Mainz are four points better off in tenth, but have likewise endured a frustratingly inconsistent spell recently, losing four and winning three of their last seven league outings. Three of those defeats have come away from home, and the 05ers have only found the net eight times on the road all season. Still, coach Martin Schmidt will be encouraged by a brave display against FC Bayern München on Matchday 13, with his charges even taking the lead in an eventual 3-1 reverse.
- Gladbach’s eight-game winless run is their longest in nearly three years.
- Yunus Malli was on Gladbach’s books between 2007 and 2011 but did not make a first-team appearance and only made his Bundesliga debut at Mainz.
- Gladbach have not won in four games against Mainz.
- Mainz have taken the lead in eight games this season, but have dropped points each time (D4, L4).
- Gladbach’s Jonas Hofmann spent 2014/15 on loan at Mainz from Borussia Dortmund, scoring three goals in 10 appearances.
- Mainz have the most headed goals in the league so far (eight). Borussia are the only side without one.