Bundesliga

Gladbach determined to return to winning ways against Mainz

Borussia Mönchengladbach are determined to end their eight-match winless streak on Matchday 14 when they host 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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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.

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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.

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