1. FSV Mainz 05's recent home form stands in direct contrast to that of SV Darmstadt 98.
1. FSV Mainz 05's recent home form stands in direct contrast to that of SV Darmstadt 98.
Bundesliga

Mainz hunt home breakthrough against travel-sick Darmstadt

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.

The venue - OPEL ARENA