Professionals | 14/05/2020

Matchday 26

The Number Crunch: At home against Mainz

Mainz and FC don’t tend to win at each other’s ground, whilst there have been plenty of goals involving the two teams in their respective games this season. Here are the stats to get you in the mood for Sunday’s game.

The last 11 games have represented an incredible turnaround for FC under Markus Gisdol. In that period of time, there have been eight wins and three defeats – coming against Bayern, Dortmund and Gladbach. Only the former two teams have picked up more points than FC in the past 11 fixtures.

It’s not just in the points tally where the improvement has been seen. A change of style has brought about plenty more goals, with FC having found the back of the net in each of those aforementioned 11 matches. The last time FC went on such a run with 1994, where they scored in 14 consecutive games.

Uth leading the way

One big factor in that has been Mark Uth. The on-loan Schalke man has been in fine fettle for FC since his arrival in January. His goal against Gladbach ensured that the Köln-born forward would continue his record of scoring or assisting in every game he’s played (7 games: 4 goals, 4 assists). 

Not only has Uth been in great form this season, but Mainz are an opposition that he enjoys playing against. He has six goals in nine games against the 05ers – his best tally against any club.

While there is plenty to boast about in an attacking sense, there are plaudits for Timo Horn to be had. The FC shot-stopper has kept clean sheets in four of the last six home games.

This game will see a few familiar faces on both sides of the pitch. Not only will Achim Beierlorzer be returning to Köln for the first time, Daniel Brosinski made 18 Bundesliga appearances in a three-year stay at FC. Marcel Risse, Christian Clemens and Jhon Cordoba all played for Mainz.

In the 18 Bundesliga meetings between Mainz and FC, there has just been one solitary away win. That came back in 2016, as FC came back from 2:0 down to secure a 3:2 victory at the OPEL-Arena. Marcel Risse, Milos Jojic and Anthony Modeste turned the game around after a certain Cordoba opened the scoring for Mainz.

Goals galore?

Could the goals be flying in on Sunday? Mainz’s 12 Bundesliga away games this season have produced an incredible 51 goals, an average of 4.3 per game. As for FC, since Markus Gisdol took the reins, there have also been 51 goals in his 14 matches in charge.

Mainz have been a team that’s come quickly out of the blocks this season. They’ve scored 50% of their goals in the first half this term, only three sides can boast a higher percentage.

Where Mainz are exemplary, is from the penalty spot. They are current on a run of 26 converted penalties in the Bundesliga, a run stretching back over seven years to when Adam Szalai missed against Nürnberg in April 2013. On the other hand, FC are on the longest wait for a penalty in the division – 37 games ago.

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Total table
10Hertha BSC35
111. FC Köln34
12FC Augsburg31