Bochum picked up a comeback 2-1 win over Wuppertaler SV in their first cup game, with Robert Tesche scoring an extra-time winner. They then faced Augsburg in the second round, squandering a two-goal lead before going on to win the game on penalties.
The home team were beaten 4-0 by RB Leipzig at this stage of the competition last season in a very poor performance in which they failed to hit a shot on target. They will now be looking to go a step further in this edition of the DFB-Pokal.
Mainz began their cup campaign against Elversberg, beating the fourth-tier side on penalties. The game ended 2-2 in normal time, with Jonathan Burkardt drawing his side level twice late in the game. They then picked up an enthralling 3-2 victory over Arminia Bielefeld in the second round.
Mainz have made it further in the tournament this season than they have managed in their last three seasons and will be looking to continue their good run in the competition on Tuesday.
Bochum vs Mainz Head-to-Head
There have been 15 meetings between Bochum and Mainz. The hosts have won just two of those games while the visitors have won 10 times. There have been three draws between the two sides.
The two sides last met last weekend in the Bundesliga. Mainz won the game 1-0.
Bochum Form Guide (All Competitions): L-W-L-L-D
Mainz Form Guide (All Competitions): W-L-L-W-L
Bochum vs Mainz Team News
Simon Zoller and Paul Grave are currently injured and will not be available for selection on Tuesday. Saulo Decarli is a doubt for the game as he recovers from an injury he sustained back in October.
Injured: Simon Zoller, Paul Grave
Doubtful: Saulo Decarli
Injured: Marcus Ingvartsen, Adam Szalai, Dominik Kohr
Bochum vs Mainz Predicted XI
Bochum Predicted XI (4-3-3): Manuel Riemann; Konstantinos Stafylidis, Maxim Leitsch, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Cristian Gamboa; Milos Pantovic, Anthony Losilla, Elvis Rexhbecaj; Takuma Asano, Sebastian Polter, Gerrit Holtmann
Mainz Predicted XI (3-5-2): Robin Zentner; Jeremiah St Juste, Moussa Niakhate, Stefan Bell; Aaron Caricol, Jae-sung Lee, Anton Stach, Leandro Barreiro, Silvan Widmer; Karin Onisiwo, Jonathan Burkhardt
Bochum vs Mainz Prediction
Bochum have won just one of their last five games and have failed to score in three of those games, with the most recent being a 1-0 loss to their midweek visitors. However, they have lost just one of their last eight home games and will be looking to maximize their home advantage on Tuesday.
Mainz have been inconsistent of late, with just three wins in their last nine games. Currently on a run of four straight defeats on the road, Mainz may exit the DFB-Pokal this week.
Prediction: Bochum 2-1 Mainz