The clock is ticking for Ingolstadt in their bid to avoid the drop but they face teams in the bottom half of the table in their next five matches, which could be their saving grace.Die Schanzer will have taken plenty of encouragement from their 1-0 loss at Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 25, when they created enough chances to earn at least a point.
Yet if Ingolstadt are to survive at the end of their second year in the top flight, then surely they will have to make the most of the five home games they have left.
Mainz have been sucked worryingly close to the bottom three after losing two in a row before the international break. The 05ers slipped up at bottom club Darmstadt in their last away match and can ill afford a similar outcome on Sunday given that they are only two points above Hamburg, who currently occupy the relegation play-off place.
A win at Ingolstadt though would at least increase the gap over the home side – and the automatic relegation places - to 13 points.
- Ingolstadt are already eight points from the relative safety of the play-off place – such a deficit has never previously been overturned with nine games remaining.
- Mainz have lost seven of their last eight away games.
- Ingolstadt are by far the weakest home team in the Bundesliga, taking just nine of a possible 36 points.
- No player in either squad has more than four goals this campaign.
- Ingolstadt are yet to celebrate three victories against one club in their short Bundesliga history. Mainz could be the first.
- Die Schanzer scored their first-ever Bundesliga goal against the 05ers (1-0 at Mainz on Matchday 1 of 2015/16).