Borussia Dortmund welcome Mainz to the Westfalenstadion on Saturday, with both sides still having plenty left to play for. The home side are looking to finish as runners-up behind champions Bayern Munich, while the visitors are not yet safe from relegation.
Where and when: Westfalenstadion – 5 May, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Dortmund vs. Mainz: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Second-half goals from Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shinji Kagawa helped Dortmund to a 2-0 victory when the teams met at the Opel Arena in mid-December.
Borussia Dortmund v Mainz Predictions and Preview
Dortmund go into this weekend’s penultimate round of Bundesliga fixtures trailing second-placed Schalke by two points. Mainz meanwhile are just three points above Wolfsburg, who currently lie in 16th and face a play-off to stay in Germany’s top flight.
After their recent defeat against Schalke and another slip at Werder Bremen last weekend, Die Schwarzgelben need their Ruhr valley rivals to slip up. Although Peter Stoger’s side will play Champions League football next season, they dearly want to finish above their fierce rivals.
The hosts start the game as clear favourites in the betting, and they’re 4/11 to pick up the three points. They could be without Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho who have both been in good form recently but are struggling with injuries, although Dan-Axel Zagadou and Raphael Guerreiro are back in training.
Mainz could be without as many as seven players for the tough assignment in Dortmund, with Emil Berggren, Leon Balogun, Niko Bungert and Suat Serdar all being monitored day to day. The visitors are priced at 9/1 for an unlikely win, which would go a long way towards securing their top flight status.
Die Borussen have won five of the last six meetings between the sides, with the other game ending in a draw. A stalemate is available at 47/10, while a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline in January of last year is 11/1. The home win looks most likely though, and with Mainz scoring just once in their last four away games, a Dortmund win to nil looks attractive at 8/5.
One to watch for Dortmund: Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa has six goals so far this season. After getting the second goal when the teams met earlier in the campaign, he’s 6/1 to open the scoring this time round.
One to watch for Mainz: Yoshinori Muto is his team’s top scorer with 10 goals to his name this term. He’s available at 12/1 to break the deadlock on Saturday afternoon.
Long shot: After beating Mainz 2-0 earlier this season, a repeat of that scoreline wouldn’t be the biggest shock this time round. That’s 8/1, while the odds increase to 33/1 with Kagawa as the first scorer.