Just like VfL in 1970 under Imre Farkaszinski, Mainz contested the Bundesliga promotion play-offs once before without success. In 1973, it was Rot-Weiss Essen and Fortuna Köln who achieved promotion.
The recent head-to-head record clearly favours the Wolves, who have won the teams’ last three league meetings and have also kept a clean sheet in the last four.
Going further back, Mainz have won just one of their last 15 matches against the Green-and-Whites. The Zerofivers are winless in the last nine, their longest current run without victory against another Bundesliga side.
Mainz have failed to find the net in each of their last three Bundesliga games at the OPEL ARENA. They’ve never gone four games on home turf without a goal in the top flight.
Ridle Baku has featured in all 16 Bundesliga matchdays this season – the first two in a Mainz shirt before he joined the Wolves.
If Wout Weghorst manages to get on the scoresheet against Bo Svensson’s side, he would be the first VfL player – in the club’s 24th year in the top flight – to finish the first half of a Bundesliga season on 12 or more goals.