January 26, 2013
SpVgg Greuther Furth v Mainz: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|SpVgg Greuther Furth||Mainz|
|Goals for *||0.6||1.2|
|Goals against *||2.1||1.5|
|Last 5 home||L-L-L-L-L||L-D-L-D-W|
|Last 5 away||L-W-W-L-D||D-D-L-L-D|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: SpVgg Greuther Furth | Mainz|
Greuther Furth have just one chance remaining to complete a league double and they will look to take it against Mainz tomorrow.
Furth's only victory in the Bundesliga this season came at the start of September when they triumphed 1-0 in Mainz.
They have since failed to win a game while they are still waiting for their first victory on home soil in the top flight, and there would be no better time to get that, according to their coach Mike Buskens.
"It's important that we get a win to strengthen our belief and give us positive feelings,'' Buskens said.
"For us to achieve that, we have got to be united first and foremost.''
Buskens says Mainz are a "role model'' for his side, given the way they have established themselves in the top flight so soon after reaching the elite tier of German football for the first time.
Furth are also mixing it with the best for the first time in their history and keen to follow Mainz's example.
"Their development has been excellent,'' said Buskens. "They are something of a role model for us as they have improved excellently and play really good football.''
Mainz head into the game as clear favourites, but their coach Thomas Tuchel is reading little into such presumptions.
"It makes no difference in the slightest if our opponents have one, 11 or 20 wins - our task is not to pay attention to who our opponents are,'' he said.
Paying attention to his own side, Tuchel has to find a replacement for the suspended Shawn Parker and the injured trio of Elkin Soto, Niko Bungert and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
The hosts are without their regular full-backs, Heinrich Schmidtgal and Bernd Nehrig.