By Ben Sully @SullyBen
League leaders Borussia Dortmund will look to end their long wait for the Bundesliga title when they play host to Mainz 05 on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund enter the final weekend with the Bundesliga title within their grasp. Bayern Munich’s 3-1 defeat to RB Leipzig last Saturday presented Dortmund with the chance to move to the top of the Bundesliga table in Sunday’s away meeting with Augsburg. After playing out a goalless first half that saw Augsburg reduced to ten men, Dortmund found the breakthrough just before the hour mark when Sébastien Haller scored in a third consecutive game.
The Ivory Coast international grabbed his and Dortmund’s second in the 84th minute, before Julian Brandt rounded off the scoring to seal a 3-0 victory that moves die Schwarzgelben to the brink of their first Bundesliga title since 2011-12.
Dortmund will end Bayern’s 10-season reign as champions if they claim all three points over Mainz 05, while a point would be enough if Bayern fail to beat Köln.
With Saturday’s hosts looking to record a title-winning victory, they can take confidence from their home form. Dortmund have won each of their last 11 home league games, scoring 46 goals during that period.
Jude Bellingham missed the win over Augsburg with a knee issue, and Terzic has revealed that the England international remains a doubt for Saturday’s title decider. Meanwhile, Thomas Meunier and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens remain sidelined for the hosts
Mainz only have pride to play for on the final day of the season after a run of four consecutive defeats ended their European hopes.
Bo Svensson’s side took the lead in their most recent outing against Stuttgart. However, Marcus Ingvartsen’s opener was cancelled out by Wataru Endo’s 41st-minute equaliser, before Stuttgart racked up three goals in the second period to condemn Mainz to a demoralising 4-1 home defeat.
Having conceded at least three goals in each of their last four games, Mainz will have to improve defensively if they are to trouble Dortmund on Saturday.
Mainz have lost their last three meetings with Dortmund, but they have fared reasonably well in their recent away trips to Signal Iduna Park. Die Nullfünfer have recorded two victories, one draw and two defeats in their previous five Bundesliga away games against Saturday’s opponents.
Alexander Hack, Silvan Widmer and Jonathan Burkhardt will all miss out through injury, while Ludovic Ajorque is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
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