Faltering 1. FSV Mainz 05 will be looking nervously over their shoulders when they head to bottom side SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Mainz's ambitions of emulating last term's sixth-place finish have faded, and Martin Schmidt's men — with just six points the difference between them and 16th place — are currently more concerned with the dark days of the drop than the floodlit nights of the UEFA Europa League.

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The winter break seems to have done them good, however, with nine points and just two losses coming from seven games since the restart, a record Darmstadt would love to have. Eleven points adrift of 16th, Torsten Frings' men have won just once — albeit against Borussia Dortmund — in 2017, losing their last three.

Mainz's Danny Latza (2nd r.) is a former Darmstadt player. © imago / Thomas Frey

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Match Stats

  • Darmstadt’s 12-point tally is the worst of any Bundesliga team after 23 matches since the introduction of the three-point rule.
  • Tasmania Berlin are the only team in Bundesliga history to have suffered more Bundesliga defeats after 23 matches than Darmstadt. The Lilies have lost 17 times already this season.
  • Darmstadt have conceded seven penalties this season, including one in each of the last three matches.
  • Mainz won the reverse fixture 2-1, a game in which three penalties were awarded.
  • No Bundesliga team has ever been relegated with Mainz’s current points tally at this stage in a season (29).
  • Mainz midfielder Danny Latza made 73 third-division appearances for Darmstadt between 2011-13.

The Venue - Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor