Mainz seek to stop sinking feeling against Darmstadt

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.

The Venue - Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor