Sunday evening, 29.1.2017 at 16:30, close Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund on the 18th day of the Bundesliga in the Opel Arena. The Rheinhessen had their last matchday in Cologne and one separated with a draw. The zero-boaters are ranked 11th with 21 points. The Vizemeister was able to win in Bremen and improved by the three point point with 30 points to 4th place.
The 05s and the Cologne did not feel long, and they began to cheerfully. The FC had the first opportunity through Modeste (4th). For the team of Martin Schmidt, Öztunali (8th) and Jairo had first shot opportunities (13th). Then the party flattened. The Cologne defensive did not leave any further chances of the householders. But also the guests could not work out any significant possibilities. It was only shortly before the break that the moment came again. Osako (36th) for the goatbucks and Latza for the Rheinhessen (36th). De Blasis tried a drop-kick from 16 meters (42 ‘) and Modeste headed over the goal (45). In the second half, the chances on both sides continued to change. However, as in the first half of the second round, the crowds were put back again. The closing phase was certainly the Cologne, which had good possibilities to the 1: 0, nevertheless it remained the bottom line with a just points division.
The Schmidt-Elf could only win one of the last six league games and lost four defeats during this period. However, from the last six home games, Mainz won four victories, a draw and a failure. Lastly there was the zero number against Cologne and the 3: 1 victory against Hamburg at home. 18 times the Rheinhessen met in front of home – only FC Bayern were more frequent in their own four walls.
Jhon Cordoba (Rotsperre) and Marin Sverko, Leon Balogun, Karim Onisowo, Emil Berggreen and Suat Serdar are injured against Dortmund.
The team of Thomas Tuchel started furios and could use the offensive swing to the 1: 0 early by Schürrle (5.). The national player missed it even shortly after the leadership further (11). Only after 20 minutes the Bremen came into their play and could have compensated by Bartels. In the meantime, the BVB almost completed its offensive efforts. The home team were now the better team and missed the equalizer by Delany (35). After that, the Bremen side had to make do with a man less, because goalkeeper Drobny placed outside his reusage Reus and saw the red card because of rough foul play (39). With the half-time whistle Fritz cracked the leather on the bar (45 + 2). After the break, the Green-Whites were rewarded in a short break and were deserved 1: 1 by Bartels (59). The changed Dembele was then the guarantor of the victory on the Weser. The fast-paced offensive player took out a corner that Werder could not defend. Guerreiro’s deflected shot was a good start for Piszczek’s 2-1 win over Vizemeister (71). The Schwarz-Gelben were able to save the thin lead now loosely against bravely fighting Bremen over time.
The Tuchel-Elf has been undefeated for five Bundesliga games in a row and stopped the three-point draw in the Weser. From the last three guest games, Dortmund won five points in the win in Bremen, as well as the two draws in Hoffenheim and Cologne. Three wins, three draws and three downs were in the foreigner, only three teams are better than BVB. The Schwarz-Gelben have the best offensive of the league (19 matches). After 17 days of play, only Munich (40) more than the Westfalen (37).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has left Gabon for the Africa Cup. Perhaps the attacker in Mainz could already be part of the Dortmund squad. Sven Bender, Nuri Sahin and Neven Subotic are injured. The assignments of the beaten Sebastian Rode, Emre Mor, Marco Reus and Marcel Schmelzer will probably decide only in the short term.
Mainz – Dortmund, tips & Conclusion – 29.01.2017
BVB are the favorites in Mainz. However, the Vizemeister will not win over the Rheinhessen. Dortmund were lucky, that they could finally take the three points to the Ruhrpott in Bremen and did not convincingly win by any means. The zero fans were not particularly strong against Cologne on the last day of the match, but have scored quite well before their own fans. Both teams are therefore warned and must improve.