The Bavarians will travel to Rhineland-Palatinate, aiming to move one step closer to securing Germany’s domestic cup for the 21st time in their history.
Mainz 05 will host Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal round of 16 fixture at MEWA ARENA on Wednesday night. The Bavarians will travel to Rhineland-Palatinate, aiming to move one step closer to securing Germany’s domestic cup for the 21st time in their history. Mainz, on the other hand, have never made it to the final of the competition, having reached the semi-final in the 2008-09 campaign. Meanwhile, both sides were involved in Bundesliga fixtures in the weekend, with the hosts thrashing VFL Bochum 5-2, while Bayern were held to a 1-1 draw by Eintracht Frankfurt. Despite dropping points, Julian Nagelsman’s side are still occupying the top spot in the German top flight standings, having collected 37 points from 18 games, just one clear of second-placed Union Berlin. Die Nullfunfer, meanwhile, are sitting at the 11th position, with 23 points to their name.
Bo Svensson’s side ended a winless run of six games when they netted Five times against Bochum to take all three points on Saturday. Lee Jae Sung opened the scoring inside the first minute, before Silvan Widmer doubled the lead, 16 minutes later. And then, Karim Onisiwo scored a hat-trick for the Carnival Club to seal the win. The 05ers reached this far in the Cup competition, courtesy of comfortably defeating Erzgebirge (0-3) and VFB Lubeck (0-3) in the previous rounds.
𝗥𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝟭𝟲 😍
📍 MEWA ARENA
⏰ 20:45 CET#Mainz05 #M05FCB pic.twitter.com/9dVClQEobo
— Mainz 05 English (@Mainz05en) February 1, 2023
Bayern, on the other hand, defeated Augsburg 5-2 in the second round of Cup competition, through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moring’s brace and one goal each from Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala and Alphonso Davies, more than three months ago. Meanwhile, when it comes to the Bundesliga, the Bavarians are going through a rough patch, having drawn three consecutive games since returning from the World Cup break. Last time out, Nagelsmann’s side took the lead through Leroy Sane’s 34th-minute strike, but Randal Muani equalised for Frankfurt, nine minutes into the hour-mark. Having pocketed just three points from their last three games, the pressure is now on Bayern to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.
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Mainz’ injury list consists of Stefan Bell (muscle), Robin Zentner (back), Delano Burgzorg (ankle), Jonathan Burkardt (Knee) and Marlon Mustapha (thigh). Onisiwo might lead the line, with Fulgini and Ingvartsen in support. As for Bayern, Leon Goretzka, Noussair Mazraoui, Manuel Meuer, Lucas Hernandez, Sadio Mane and Bouna Sarr are occupying the medical room. New signing Daley Blind could make his debut on Wednesday, while 17-year-old Mathys Tel is likely to lead the line, with Jamal Musiala operating behind him in a free role.
Mainz 05 Probable line-up: Dahmen, Hanche-Olsen, Leitsch, Hack, Da Costa, Stach, Barreiro, Caricol, Fulgini, Ingvartsen, Onisiwo
Bayern Munich probable line-up: Ulreich, Pavard, Upamecano, De Ligt, Blind, Sabitzer, Gravenberch, Gnabry, Musiala, Coman, Tel
|Eintracht Frankfurt||1-1 (D)|
|FC Koln||1-1 (D)|
|RB Leipzig||1-1 (D)|
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Bayern beat Mainz||6-2|
|Mainz beat Bayern||3-1|
|Bayern beat Mainz||2-1|
|Mainz beat Bayern||2-1|
|Bayern beat Mainz||5-2|
The DFB-Pokal match between Mainz 05 and Bayern Munich will take place at MEWA ARENA on Thursday at 1:15 am IST.
|Mainz 05 vs Bayern Munich||Key Details|
|Date||February 1 (Germany)|
|Kickoff time in Germany||8:45 pm (Wednesday)|
|Kickoff time in India||1:15 am (Thursday)|
The live telecast of the DFB-Pokal matches in India is available on the Sony Sports network. Fans will also be able to watch the match on Jio TV. Besides, the match between Mainz 05 and Bayern Munich can also be seen on Sky Sport 1/ HD, Servus TV, Sky Sport Top Event, Sky Sport Mix, Das Erste, Sky Go and WOW in Germany.
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