• Mainz without a home win in the Bundesliga this season.
  • Darmstadt yet to register a single point on the road.
  • Malli in fine form for the 05ers.

Mid-table 1. FSV Mainz 05 are at a turning point of their season as they welcome local rivals SV Darmstadt 98 to the OPEL ARENA this Sunday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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The 05ers recorded their first clean sheet of the season in the goalless draw with VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 6, but, despite some encouraging displays in the 4-4 draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and the 3-2 defeat to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, they remain without a home win in the Bundesliga since May.

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Unlike Mainz, it is Darmstadt's home form that is keeping their heads above water early in 2016/17. The Lilies have picked up five points from the nine on offer at the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion-am-Böllenfalltor, but have lost all three of their away outings by an aggregate score of 9-0.

With a hand in five of Mainz's seven goals so far this season, 05ers fans will want to see Malli on his feet on Sunday. © imago / Nordphoto

Match Facts

  • Mainz are without a win in their last five Bundesliga matches on home soil. Only twice before have they endured a longer winless in front of their own fans.
  • Yunus Malli has had a direct hand in five of Mainz's seven Bundesliga goals so far this season.
  • Mainz suffered the heaviest competitive defeat in their history away to Darmstadt in June 1989 (7-0).
  • Darmstadt have lost their first three away games of the season. They were unbeaten in their first four on the road last term.
  • Darmstadt are the only team without an away goal in this season's Bundesliga.
  • Darmstadt's Peter Niemeyer is yet to lose in five career trips to Mainz (W3, D2).

The venue - OPEL ARENA