Erling Håland’s last gasp winner in Düsseldorf last weekend kept up Dortmund’s slim title hopes, and back home against Mainz, they will hope to consolidate on that victory yet.
Date: Wednesday, June 17
Kick-off: 19: 30
Venue: Signal Iduna Park
Borussia Dortmund left it late when they tackled Fortuna Duesseldorf last time out, with returning striker Erling Braut Håland popping up with the only goal of the game to maintain the seven points deficit to Bayern Munich.
Bar the narrow loss to the Bayern, Lucien Favre’s side have won all of their other games (five in total) since the restart of the Bundesliga. With Leipzig and Hoffenheim to go in their last two for the league season, Die Borussen can expect to finish on a flourish even though they miss out on the title.
Mainz were beaten 1-0 by Augsburg last Sunday, with a first-minute strike from the opposition eventually proving the winner.
The visitors have won just one of their last seven league games, a 2-0 result versus Eintracht Frankfurt in their last trip but this one will undoubtedly prove a tall order.
They are still three points clear of safety, and will be guaranteed of their top-flight survival with an upset victory here.
Mahmoud Dahoud, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Marco Reus remain the only absentees for Dortmund.
Taiwo Awoniyi who suffered concussion last time out is the injury worry for Mainz, and could miss out alongside Robin Zentner who is out of the season.
Edimilson Fernandes is suspended after picking up five yellows.
Head to Head
In 27 competitive meetings in history, Dortmund have a superior win percentage, winning 16 times to Mainz four. Seven games have ended as draws.
Borussia Dortmund last five competitive games: WLWWW
Mainz last five competitive games: LDLWL
Dortmund found it very difficult to break down a spirited Fortuna side last time out, but back at their fortress homeground will have things a lot easier. They desperately need to win to keep going toe to toe with Bayern until they are mathematically out of the title race.
They are 4/5 to win at both halftime and full-time here, and that will be one of our picks for this one.
Over 2.5 goals is priced 4/11 for odds and one will expect Dortmund to rightly oblige with goals in this affair.