• The only competitive matches between the two sides took place in the 2007/08 second-division campaign. There was a 1-1 draw in Paderborn, before Mainz won 6-1 at home.
  • Mainz suffered a 5-4 penalty shootout defeat (5-5 a.e.t.) to Chemnitz in the DFB Cup and came unstuck against Tripolis in the third round of Europa League qualifying (1-0 win at home, 3-1 loss away).
  • Mainz haven’t lost any of their last eight season openers (BL and 2. BL), collecting an impressive 18 of a possible 24 points (W5, D3). Their last opening-day defeat in the league came in 2005/06 in Köln (1-0).
  • Six of the last eight Bundesliga debutants have survived in their first season in the top flights, including Mainz in 2004/05. Fürth failed to do so in 2012/13 though.
  • SC Paderborn have lost five of their eight season openers in the second division, collecting just five of a possible 24 points.
  • Mainz have lost their last four Bundesliga away games, conceding 12 goals in the process (3 per game on average). FSV’s last point on the road came in a 4-2 win over Hoffenheim on matchday 25 of the 2013/14 season.
  • SCP scored in each of their last 10 second-division games, racking up a total of 20 goals in that time. Only Fürth (64) scored more goals than SCP (63) in 2013/14.
  • In total, Paderborn’s squad has 202 games of Bundesliga experience and six top-flight goals. Mainz 05’s Nikolce Noveski alone has made 247 appearances, scoring eight times.
  • This is Mainz’s Kasper Hjulmand’s first managerial post outside of Denmark. The Dane, who is Thomas Tuchel’s successor, joined from FC Nordsjaelland, who he won the Danish Cup with in 2010 and 2011, as well as the league title in 2012.
  • Breitenreiter made 144 BL appearances for Unterhaching, Wolfsburg and HSV during his playing days, scoring 28 goals. That means he has more BL appearances and goals to his name than the whole of his squad that was promoted in 2013/14 (112 BL games, 5 goals).
  • Breitenreiter returns to the Bundesliga stage after a 4,845-day absence. His final match as a player was on 19th May 2001, scoring in Unterhaching’s 5-3 loss to Schalke and thus being part of S04’s infamous “four-minute championship”.