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Professionals, 25. November 2021

Pre-match facts: VfB vs. 1. FSV Mainz 05

The facts and figures on VfB’s home match against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Friday (20:30 CET).

Record against Mainz

Overall: 30 games, 12 wins, 6 draws, 12 defeats, 47:46 goal difference
In the Bundesliga: 26 games, 11 wins, 6 draws, 9 defeats, 43:37 goal difference

Double last season

VfB were clear winners in both meetings between the two sides last season, winning 2-0 at home and 4-1 away.

Level in ‘goals for’ column

The two teams are joint 10th in the Bundesliga when it comes to goals scored this season with 16 apiece.

Danger man

One man who has contributed to Mainz’s goals statistics more than anyone is Jonathan Burkardt. The 21-year-old striker has already notched nine goals in all competitions this season.

Strong at the back

With just 12 goals conceded in 2021/22, Mainz boast the second-best defence in the Bundesliga – one behind Freiburg. VfB rank 16th after letting in 22 goals so far.

Tough tacklers

VfB fare better when it comes to tackling, however. Stuttgart have won 54 per cent of their duels, putting them joint top with Borussia Dortmund. Mainz are in 13th place with a success rate of 50 per cent.