Burkina Faso international striker ARISTIDE BANCE (23) of FSV Mainz and Borussia Dortmund’s Germany international defender PATRICK OWOMOYELA (25) watch as the shot of the not pictured Hungarian striker Adam Szalai eludes visiting goalkeeper ROMAN WEIDENFELLER in the 30th minute for the only goal of the game last April 10 at the Stadion am Bruchweg. (Alex Grimm / Bongarts / Getty Images)
Exactly how many people would have predicted that, on the last day of October, a top of the table clash in the German Bundesliga would involve FSV 05 MAINZ and BORUSSIA DORTMUND is unknown – not very many, if any, is all but certain the correct figure.
However, the two clubs from western Germany will get together on Sunday with the leadership of the Bundesliga at stake in the match at the Stadion am Bruchweg in Mainz. FSV Mainz have took the top flight by storm after finishing 9th last season with seven consectuive wins to start the season and are the current leaders with 24 points from the first nine games. Right behind just a couple of points off pace are Borussia Dortmund.
FSV Mainz, promoted again from the second divison, won this fixture against Borussia Dortmund last season 1-0 at the Stadion am Bruchweg on April 10 with Hungary international striker ADAM SZALAI, then still only on loan from Spanish giant Real Madrid, scoring his first career Bundesliga goal to give the hosts all three points.
Hungary international striker ADAM SZALAI of FSV Mainz, who scored his one and only goal of the 2009-10 season in the 30th minute to win the match, fights through the Borussia Dortmund midfield pair of Turkey international NURI SAHIN (8) and SVEN BENDER last April 10 at the Stadion am Bruchweg. (Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Both teams, while enjoying excellent starts to the Bundesliga campaign, enter the contest on Sunday having been unceremoniously knocked out of the Deutsche Fussball Bund Pokal in midweek — FSV Mainz fell 2-1 to 2.Bundesliga side Alemania Aachen while Borussia Dortmund, perhaps more embarrassingly, were eliminated by third division outfit Kickers Offenbach on penalties after being held scoreless for 120 minutes.
FSV MAINZ — Schuerrle 4, Allagui 3, Szalai 3, Rasmussen 2, Holtby 2, Bungert 1, Ivanschitz 1, Risse 1, Soto 1
BORUSSIA DORTMUND — Kagawa 4, Barrios 4, Grosskreutz 3, Sahin 3, Lewandowski 2, Blaszczykowski 1, da Silva 1, M. Goetze 1, Hummels 1