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Mainz host Hannover in search of first home win

Mainz - After a stunning win at Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1. FSV Mainz 05 go in search of a first home win of the campaign when Hannover 96 roll into town on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CEST).


The 05ers began the campaign with a sobering 1-0 home loss against FC Ingolstadt 04, but responded brilliantly to win at UEFA Champions League participants Gladbach last time out. Now Martin Schmidt's men will look to build on that result against a Hannover outfit with just one point to show from games against SV Darmstadt 98 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. bundesliga.com previews this weekend's action at the Coface Arena...

Top facts

    Hannover have failed to win on the first two weekends of the season for the first time in six years. Mainz have had less possession than their opponents in five of Martin Schmidt's six league games in charge. Last time out, they had 35 per cent of the ball against Gladbach.The 05ers' skipper Julian Baumgartlinger has covered 25.2 km in the season so far, a distance bettered only by Hertha Berlin's Vladimir Darida.In his 153 Bundesliga appearances, Hannover's Ron-Robert Zieler has conceded more direct free-kicks (13) than any other goalkeeper.Hannover's Miiko Albornoz and Mainz's Gonzalo Jara are two of six Chilean players in the Bundesliga. All six were Copa America winners in the summer.

Team news


Possible line-up: Karius - Brosinski, Bungert, Bell, Park - Baumgartlinger, Frei - Clemens, Malli, Jairo - Muto

Absentees: Beister (ankle), Soto (knee)


Possible line-up: Zieler - Sakai, Marcelo, Schulz, Sorg - Schmiedebach, Sane - Karaman, Saint-Maximin, Klaus - Benschop

Absentees: Kiyotake (foot), Erdinc (calf)