Preview: Mainz v FC Bayern München

1. FSV Mainz 05 will be bidding for an unprecedented second straight victory over FC Bayern München when the two sides meet in the Bundesliga on Friday night.

Matchday 13
3 December 2016
Kick-off: 03h30 HKT

Referee: D. Siebert
Assistants: L. Koslowski, J. Seidel
Fourth official: M. Borsch

Head-to-head summary:

Mainz 21 4 2 15
Bayern Munich 21 15 2 4

Previous encounter:

Bayern Munich 1-2 Mainz 05 02/03/16 (Bundesliga)

Bayern goalscorers: Arjen Robben (64′)
Mainz goalscorers: Jairo Samperio (26′), Jhon Cordoba (86′)

Players to watch:

The standout performer for Mainz so far this season has been Yunus Malli. The attacking midfielder has scored eight goals this term in 19 appearances, while Argentine winger Pablo de Blasis has also contributed with five in 17 games.

Robert Lewandowski has been immense for Die Roten this campaign, netting 14 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions, while Franck Ribery has assisted nine times in only 12 games.

Team form and manager quotes:

Mainz will be hoping to bounce back against Bayern after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hertha BSC in their last Bundesliga clash.

The hosts have won only once in their last five games in all competitions, and occupy ninth position in the league standings with 17 points.

“We have the certainty that Bayern is beatable,” said Mainz coach Martin Schmidt, referring to the 2-1 win over Bayern earlier this year.

However, Schmidt warned that the situation was different in March, adding: “We caught the Bavarians on the wrong foot, they were playing internationally and they were rotating, that’s no longer true.”

Bayern have endured a poor run of form themselves, winning only once in their last four games; a 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen last weekend.

Before the Leverkusen result, Carlo Ancelotti’s men lost two consecutive games against Dortmund and Rostov, the latter coming in the Champions League. They are second in the Bundesliga standings, three points behind RB Leipzig.

“We want to take the table top as soon as possible,” Ancelotti told a press conference. “Mainz play with high intensity, they are defensively good and have many fast players, we have to be highly concentrated.”

Team news:

Mainz will be unable to call upon Jean-Philipe Gbamin, who is suspended, while Suat Serdar, Christian Clemens, and Yoshinori Muto remain sidelined.

Bayern will be without the services of Holger Badstuber, while Kingsley Coman and Julian Green are also sidelined. Arturo Vidal and Xabi Alonso are doubts ahead of the tie.