1. FC Union Berlin are looking to put a difficult run behind them on Wednesday when Mainz make the trip to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei for the 20:30 local-time kick off.
Review: Derby defeat for Fischer, Mainz crumble at home
The second Bundesliga derby of the season ended in defeat for 1. FC Union Berlin. Bruno Labbadia's Hertha ran out 4-0 winners at the Olympiastadion behind closed doors. All the goals against Urs Fischer's team arrived in the second half with two in quick succession from Vedad Ibisevic and Domi Lukebakio. Later, Matheus Cunha and Dedryck Boyata got on the scoresheet for the home sides to secure a comfortable win.
Meanwhile, Mainz and Achim Beierlorzer couldn't quite believe their eyes as the Carnival Club lost 0-5 at home in the Bundesliga. Timo Werner's hat-trick highlighted the gulf in quality to RB Leipzig who maintained their own title challenge. "It was an absolutely dreadful game from us," said the Mainz coach in the pre-match press conference on Monday. "We never found a game that could have really endangered Leipzig. The opponent defended extremely aggressively and then played forward with class. We became passive and let ourselves be impressed. We were warned, but we couldn't do it."
Personnel: Schlotterbeck makes first steps back
Akaki Gogia and Sheraldo Becker remain unavailable for Fischer's squad, but there is positive news at centre back with the return of Keven Schlotterbeck. However, such a good news was not forthcoming for Christopher Lenz who dropped out of training on Tuesday.
The match will be played behind closed doors. Union offers the possibility to follow the audio commentary of the match live on AFTV, but the match will available live on all Bundesliga broadcasters.