Improving Ingolstadt primed for Mainz trip

1. FSV Mainz 05 will be looking to consolidate their position in the top half of the table when FC Ingolstadt 04 visit the OPEL ARENA on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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The Zerofivers’ have endured a tough start to the season, having played Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Schalke 04 in their opening eight league matches, but a home encounter with lowly Ingolstadt represents the perfect opportunity for Martin Schmidt’s side to close the gap on the European places - and for Pablo De Blasis and Jhon Cordoba to add to their respective goal tallies.

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Markus Kauczinski’s team almost pulled off an astonishing victory over Dortmund last time out, but were thwarted by Christian Pulisic’s stoppage-time equaliser at the Audi Sportpark. Despite that late disappointment, the draw was a timely confidence boost ahead of Saturday’s clash. If they can replicate that performance at the OPEL Arena, Ingolstadt will fancy their chances of coming away with at least another point.

The venue - OPEL ARENA

1. FSV Mainz 05's OPEL ARENA will be packed to the rafters for Saturday's visit of FC Ingolstadt 04. - © gettyimages