Professionals | 08/04/2021

Matchday 28

The Number Crunch: At home against Mainz

1. FC Köln take on 1. FSV Mainz 05 at the weekend in a hugely important tussle. Mainz are in-form, but FC boast a good record against Sunday’s visitors.

1. FC Köln have never lost a Bundesliga home game against 1. FSV Mainz 05. FC’s only defeat to Mainz in Köln came in the 2. Bundesliga in 2003. Should FC avoid defeat at the weekend, it would be a 10th consecutive home match without a loss against Mainz.

Kainz and Andersson are back

In turn, FC secured bragging rights in the first meeting between the two sides this season. Elvis Rexhbecaj’s strike earned FC just their second Bundesliga away win in Mainz.

Sebastian Andersson and Florian Kainz made their returns from injury against Wolfsburg at the weekend. It was the first time that both players had been on the pitch together this campaign.

Kingsley Ehizibue will make his 50th appearance for 1. FC Köln at the weekend, should he feature against Mainz. Ehizibue will be the third Nigerian to reach the milestone for FC, following in the footsteps of Sunday Oliseh and Anthony Ujah.

There is a family feeling to Sunday’s match-up. Karoline Kohr has been with FC-Frauen for the last five years and brother, Dominik Kohr made the loan move to 1. FSV Mainz 05 in January.

After just a week’s break, Salih Özcan and Ismail Jakobs will meet up with Finn Dahmen and Jonathan Burkardt once more. The quartet were part of the Germany under-21 side that qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Championship during the most-recent international break.

Upturn under Svensson

Since Bo Svensson took charge at Mainz, they have picked up 19 points in his 13 games as head coach. Aside from the current top four, only VfB Stuttgart have managed to accumulate more points in that timeframe.

Robin Quaison might not have been able to replicate his form of last season, but Mainz’s Swedish forward is close to equalling a special milestone. Quaison has 28 Bundesliga goals for the club. His next strike will put him level with Mohamed Zidan and Yunus Malli as Mainz’s record Bundesliga goalscorer.

Daniel Brosinski converted his ninth penalty for Mainz at the weekend against Arminia Bielefeld. The former FC man has never missed a Bundesliga spot-kick in his career. His only career penalty miss came back in 2013 for MSV Duisburg against 1860 Munich.

Only three players have scored more goals off the bench this season than Kevin Stöger (3). The Austrian, who joined in October, has scored all of his goals coming on as a sub. Against Leverkusen and Gladbach, he struck late on to earn a draw and win respectively.

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Total table
16DSC Arminia Bielefeld31
171. FC Köln29
18FC Schalke 0413