Mainz 05 v Hoffenheim Preview: Must win game for struggling Mainz
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Mainz welcome Hoffenheim to the Opel Arena on Saturday (2.30pm UK time) looking for their first win since the resumption of the Bundesliga. Achim Beierlorzer's side were held by ten man Union Berlin in the capital on Wednesday and continue to look out of sorts as Fortuna Düsseldorf narrowed the gap in the relegation play-off spot to just a point with a win over Schalke.

Ridle Baku's first goal in two years had put Die Nullfünfer ahead, before Martin Ingavrtsen levelled. Mainz could not capitalise on the red card for Robert Andrich and had to settle for a point which did them no favours in their impending relegation scrap. 

Hoffenheim fared better during 'Englischer Woche,' defeating Köln at the PreZero Arena to pick up their first win February 1. Christoph Baumgartner's double and Steven Zuber's finish sealed the points for 1899 to keep them in touch with the Europa League places. 

  • Current Form

Mainz: WDDLD

Hoffenheim: LDLDW

  • Team News

Mainz are still sporting a full bill of health for this important clash, with no injuries of suspensions to note. 

Hoffenheim will be without their captain Benni Hübner after he was sent off against Köln. There are also doubts over the fitness of Florian Grillitsch, who has a muscle problem, as confirmed by manager Alfred Schreuder.

  •  Previous Meetings

The match between these two sides in Baden-Württemburg earlier in the season threw up one of the surprise results of the season as Mainz headed back north with a 5-1 win under their belt - a result which brought Hoffenheim's six match winning run to an abrupt end. Pierre Kunde's double, as well as goals from Levin Öztunali, Jean-Paul Böetius and Pavel Kaderabek's own goal saw Mainz storm to victory, despite Baku's dismissal on the verge of half time. Andrej Kramaric registered the home side's consolation. 

Indeed, there is rarely a boring contest between these two if the previous five matches are anything to go by and on current form, another goal bonanza could be expected at the Opel Arena on Saturday.

Hoffenheim 1-5 Mainz

Mainz 4-2 Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim 1-1 Mainz

Hoffenheim 4-2 Mainz

Mainz 2-3 Hoffenheim

  • How to watch and stream

The game is available to viewers in the United Kingdom from 14.30 BST on Sunday on BT Sport 3, as well as being able to stream on the BT Sport app.

As well as this, VAVEL UK will have LIVE minute-by-minute updates of the game, with pre-match build-up throughout the afternoon

  • Predicted Line Ups

Mainz: Müller, Baku, Niakhate, St Juste, Brosinski, Böetius, Latza, Kunde, Oztunali, Quaison, Mateta.

Hoffenheim: Baumann, Zuber, Bakcakic, Posch, Kaderabek, Grillitsch, Geiger, Rudy, Baumgartner, Bebou, Skov.

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