The two remaining Bundesliga clubs yet to score a victory this campaign, Bochum and Mainz, will square off on Friday evening at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion in Bochum. These two teams are at the bottom of the standings, but should they prevail on Friday, any of them could move up, thus this match could be the beginning of something good for each team.
For the time being, Bochum can move above Koln within the relegation playoff standings with a sixth draw in nine games, but Thomas Letsch will be requesting the full three points at the Vonovia-Ruhrstadion on Friday. After taking over as manager in September of last year, the 55-year-old conquered his initial 5 home matches in the Bundesliga, helping Bochum move up the table and finish the season with 2 points above the drop zone.
After suffering a 2-1 loss to Freiburg on the road last weekend, they have officially equaled their undesirable record from the previous season, starting with a run of 8 matches without a win. Goncalo Paciencia had given the visitors the lead in the fifteenth minute, but goals from Vincenzo Grifo and Ritsu Doan were sufficient to give Christian Streich’s team the victory.
On the other hand, Mainz was doomed to a 3-1 loss at the Mewa Arena on Saturday against the defending champions, Bayern Munich.
Similar to Bochum, Bo Svensson’s team has lost 6 of their 8 Bundesliga matches this season, going winless. Due to their defensive problems, Mainz has had a lackluster start to the campaign. They have given up 22 goals, which is a greater number than Bochum and shares the league lead.
After undergoing knee surgery, Jonathan Burkardt is returning to full fitness, Andreas Hanche-Olsen is out for the remainder of the campaign due to an ankle injury, and attacker Nelson Weiper is out.
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VfL Bochum vs FSV Mainz 05 Game Information
- Date: 10/27/2023
- Time: 02:30 PM ET
- Location: Vonovia Ruhrstadion, Bochum.
- How to Watch Bochum vs Mainz: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv