Build on past home meetings
This Saturday (15:30 CET), Hannover 96 welcome Mainz 05 to the HDI Arena. Points are a must in the third game of 2016 to not lose touch with competitors in the table.
- 1. FSV Mainz 05 have failed to score in three of their last four away games.
- Hannover have already given away seven penalties – and six by Mainz.
- Martin Schmidt’s side are one of the fittest teams in the Bundesliga – they set this season’s record for distance covered when they faced Mönchengladbach (125.2km).
- Ádám Szalai made 79 Bundesliga appearances for Mainz, scoring 21 goals.
- Leon Balogun played his first three Bundesliga games for Hannover between 2008 and 2010.
- Hannover 96 will be without: Andreasen (compressed ankle), Benschop (knee operation), Kiyotake (just back in training after foot injury), Wolf (just back in training after torn muscle fibre), Klaus (torn MCL), Sorg (twisted knee).
- Mainz 05 will be without: Klement (just returned to training), Soto (just returned to training), Berggreen (just returned to training), Onisiwo (bruised foot).
Battle of the day
This Saturday, two players who know each other very well from the Japan national team will come face to face in the form of Yoshinori Muto and Hotaru Yamaguchi. The latter made his international debut for his country in July 2013, whilst Muto had to wait an extra year for his. However, the Mainz played arrived in the Bundesliga six months earlier, and it appears to have been the right decision with seven goals and four assists in 19 appearances. We are eager to see whether Yamaguchi will be able to prevent the speedy Muto from scoring on Saturday.
“Mainz are a hard-running side and ready to run every yard
The Reds’ form has certainly been consistent lately, unfortunately not in a good sense, having lost each of the last five Bundesliga matches. On the other hand, Mainz have won two and drawn one in this period. However, the 05ers have struggled against promoted side Ingolstadt (1-0 loss) and relegation competitors Stuttgart (0-0).
Remembering a goal fest
Thomas Schaaf’s side have lost none of their nine home Bundesliga games against FSV. A quite special match took place on matchday 4 in 2013/14, when the Reds ran out 4-1 winners at home. Edgar Prib put the final nail in the coffin on that occasion. Can he repeat this on Saturday and bring home the all-important first points of 2016?
Hannover 96: Zieler - Sakai, Milosevic, Schulz, Prib - Hoffmann - Yamaguchi, Bech - Schmiedebach - Almeida, Szalai
1. FSV Mainz 05: Karius - Brosinski, Balogun, Bell, Bussmann - Baumgartlinger, Latza - Clemens, Jairo - Malli - Muto