• HSV have won eight of the 22 top-flight clashes to date (D6, L7) but have taken just one point from the last three meetings and haven’t beaten FSV since May 2015 (2-1 A).
  • Mainz have won four of the last seven meetings at the Volksparkstadion (D1, L2).
  • HSV are on a run of three straight losses for the first time since matchdays eight to 10. They’re the only team who failed to pick up a single point in that period.
  • If Wolfsburg pick up points in Frankfurt and FSV lose in Hamburg, Mainz will drop to 16th place or lower for the first time since 2006/07, when they were relegated.
  • Mainz have lost 16 games this term – their worst-ever tally after 31 matchdays. They have 33 points – their worst return at this stage since 2006/07 (31), when they went down.
  • HSV’s nine-game unbeaten home run (W7, D2) came to an end vs. Darmstadt (2-1). That game saw the Lilies pick up their first away points of the season.
  • Schmidt’s men have struggled on the road, losing nine of their last 11 away league games. Their last away fixture saw them draw 2-2 in the Allianz Arena. Their only victory in that run came in February (2-0 in Leverkusen).
  • HSV have suffered five consecutive defeats against teams in the bottom half of the table (including on the last three matchdays vs. Bremen, Darmstadt and Augsburg).
  • 10 of Mainz’s last 12 goals have come from set pieces. FSV have scored the most times from dead balls this season (19, same as Hoffenheim and Ingolstadt), while HSV have netted the fewest goals in this manner (6).
  • Aaron Hunt has had a hand in three of HSV’s last four goals (2 goals + 1 assist) and will be keen to continue his fine form. He’s netted an impressive seven goals in 14 meetings with 1. FSV Mainz 05 – more than against any other Bundesliga side.