Die Werderaner seem to have found some backbone under new boss Robin Dutt and Al Hain-Cole expects them to avoid a thrashing when they face last season's runners-upBorussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen’s respective 100 per cent league records are at stake when the two sides come head-to-head at Signal Iduna Park on Friday evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s men sit top of the league after 4-0 and 2-1 wins over modest Augsburg and Eintracht Braunschweig, and are overwhelming 11/50 (1.22) favourites with Betway to make it nine points from nine in this game.
Interestingly, the visitors twice ran out 1-0 winners against the exact same opposition, but are not expected to extend that run to three on the bounce against the Champions League runners-up, as the 10/1 (11.00) odds attest.
None of the last seven meetings between these opponents have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 5/1 (6.00) on them sharing the spoils for the first time in four years.
After a shaky start to life at the Weserstadion, new boss Robin Dutt will have been extremely relieved to see his side cling on for maximum points in both of his first two league matches.
The former Bayer Leverkusen coach has already injected some life into a side who went 13 games without a win at the end of last season, and led the Bundesliga’s second-worst defensive side to two consecutive clean sheets thanks to a rather defensive set-up.
While their record against Dortmund is not particularly impressive, last campaign’s 5-0 defeat was the first time in recent memory where Bremen had been completely overrun by their opponents, and they are bound to be desperate to avoid such embarrassment this time.
Die Werderaner will have taken heart from their hosts’ struggle to break the deadlock against newly-promoted Braunschweig, and must fancy their chances of restricting them to no more than two goals on Friday.
A bet on that coming to pass would have paid out in 9 of the last 10 meetings between these sides, and therefore offers unmissable value at 9/10 (1.90) here.
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