In fact, both of Gladbach’s draws this season have seen them concede a late equaliser, and that’s somewhat symptomatic of last season when only Cologne drew more Bundesliga games from leading positions than Gladbach.
After four rounds of Bundesliga action, Borussia Monchengladbach were one of four teams to remain unbeaten. It could’ve been so much better had they not squandered a 1-0 lead against Bayern Munich last time out (1-1). However close Gladbach came to victory, those expectations were somewhat tempered by the fact keeper Yann Sommer set a new Bundesliga record for the most saves in a single game with an incredible 19! In fact, both of Gladbach’s draws this season have seen them concede a late equaliser, and that’s somewhat symptomatic of last season when only Cologne (seven) drew more Bundesliga games from leading positions than Gladbach (six). One of those games was in this fixture against Mainz last season (1-1), part of a run of just one defeat in nine Bundesliga home matches for Gladbach.
Three first-half goals conceded saw Mainz fall to a defeat last time out (3-0), bringing to an end their three-match unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season. With just one win from their last 11 competitive H2Hs, Gladbach may not be the ideal opponent in their quest to return to winning ways. However, a four-match unbeaten run in Sunday-held Bundesliga away games may build belief within Mainz that they can extend their current three-game winning away league run. Each of those three victories came via the same 2-1 scoreline, and expect Mainz to score again as ten of their last 11 Bundesliga road trips saw both teams score.
Gladbach’s Marcus Thuram has scored the third goal of the game in three of his four scoring appearances this season, while Karim Onisiwo has opened the scoring in both of Mainz’s away league games this campaign. Gladbach have only kept a clean sheet in one of their last 12 Bundesliga home games held on a Sunday.