Borussia Dortmund go in search of what could prove a pivotal victory when they visit Mainz at the Opel Arena on Sunday. Three points for Die Schwarzgelben could be enough to secure their spot in the top four and next season’s Champions League, while defeat could be a disaster.
Where and when: Opel Arena – 16 May, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Mainz vs. Borussia Dortmund: BT Sport, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Dortmund needed a late equaliser from Thomas Meunier to salvage a 1-1 draw when the teams met at the Westfalenstadion in January.
Mainz v Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
Borussia Dortmund haven’t enjoyed the best of records against Mainz over the last few meetings, and Die Schwarzgelben need to put that right this weekend if they’re to salvage a top-four finish from the ashes of a poor campaign.
Edin Terzic’s side head into the penultimate round of Bundesliga fixtures in fourth place, but only one point ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt in fifth. Mainz did Dortmund a favour by holding Frankfurt to a draw last weekend, but Die Nullfunfer will be in no mood for charity here.
Bo Svensson’s side still need a point to guarantee their safety heading into the weekend, although they could be assured of top-flight football next season if results on Saturday go their way. Dortmund will hope that’s the case, considering their recent meetings with Mainz.
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Die Nullfunfer were a little unfortunate not to beat Die Schwarzgelben in Dortmund earlier this season, while they did manage a 2-0 victory at the Westfalenstadion last term, as well as a friendly victory by the same scoreline in January of last year.
Dortmund did win three in a row against Mainz before that though, and with much more riding on this game than their hosts, they are the 4/9 favourites for the win with William Hill. The home team are 6/1 in these Mainz v Borussia Dortmund predictions, while you can back the draw on Sunday at 4/1.
One to watch for Mainz: Karim Onisiwo opened the scoring for Mainz against Frankfurt last weekend, a goal which almost gave them a big victory but for conceding a late leveller. He is 14/1 to repeat the trick by breaking the deadlock again here.
One to watch for Borussia Dortmund: Terzic will be desperate for Erling Haaland to be fit for this game. The Norwegian has more than three times the number of goals any of his team mates have managed in the league, and is 13/8 to add to his 25 strikes by netting the opener on Sunday.
Long shot: Dortmund beat Mainz 4-0 at the Opel Arena last season, with Marco Reus opening the scoring. The visitors are 18/1 to win by the same scoreline in these Mainz v Borussia Dortmund tips, rising to 91/1 with Reus netting the opener once again.