Borussia Dortmund vs. Mainz 05 preview: BVB on the brink of Bundesliga title
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.
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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