Borussia Dortmund are aiming to keep up the pressure on league leaders FC Bayern München when they host an in-form 1. FSV Mainz 05 side on Sunday evening (kick-off 17:30CET/16:30GMT).

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BVB put in a strong performance at home to Bayern last weekend but were unable to close the gap further in an enthralling 0-0 draw in Der Klassiker. Incidentally, fifth-placed Mainz were the side who reinvigorated Dortmund's title challenge by beating the Bundesliga leaders 2-1 on Matchday 24, and they come into this game in high spirits having also defeated FC Schalke 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in recent weeks.

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It will be an emotionally charged occasion for Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, who spent five years in charge of Mainz and was instrumental in establishing them as a top-flight side. His successor, Martin Schmidt, has overseen an excellent campaign so far this term and is looking to steer the 05ers into European competition next season.

Watch: Mainz 0-0 Darmstadt - Matchday 25 highlights


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Matchday 9 rewind: Mainz 0-2 Dortmund

Goals: 1-0 Reus (17’), 2-0 Mkhitaryan (82’)

BVB ended a run of four games without a victory courtesy of a hard-fought 2-0 away win on Tuchel's return to his former employers.

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Matchday 26 – match facts

  • Dortmund have won more points (20) than any other team in the second half of the season. Mainz (16) are the fourth-best side on points gained so far in 2016.
  • BVB have lost only one of their last 11 meetings with Mainz, winning nine.
  • Six penalties were awarded in the five most recent matches between the sides.
  • Reus has scored more often against Mainz than against any other Bundesliga team: nine goals in 12 matches.
  • In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Reus missed a penalty for the first time in his Bundesliga career.
  • Mainz forward Yunus Malli has lost all five games he has played against Dortmund.

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Possible line-ups

Dortmund:Bürki - Ginter, Subotic, Bender, Durm - Sahin - Gündogan, Kagawa - Castro, Reus - Aubameyang

Absentees: Papastathopoulos (adductor)

Mainz: Karius - Brosinski, Balogun, Bell, Bussmann - Baumgartlinger, Latza - Clemens, Malli, Jairo - Cordoba

Absentees: Bengtsson (ankle), Soto (light training), Berggreen (knee), Muto (ankle)

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