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  • January 28, 2012
  • • 22:30
  • • Weserstadion, Bremen
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 40060
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Bundesliga Preview: Werder Bremen - Bayer Leverkusen

Bundesliga Preview: Werder Bremen - Bayer Leverkusen

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Thomas Schaaf's men look to continue their excellent run of home form against the BayArena club, having not lost to Saturday's opponents since 2008


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WERDER BREMEN

Werder Bremen
Wiese
Fritz, Sokratis, Silvestre, Harthez
Ignjovski, Bargfrede, Ekici, Trybull
Pizarro, Rosenberg

LEVERKUSEN

 
Leno
Da Costa, Toprak, Friedrich, Kadlec
Reinartz, Bender
Castro, Ballack, Schurrle
Derdiyok

The most notable absence for Thomas Schaaf is Brazilian centre-back Naldo, who has a knee ligament injury. Back-up keeper Sebastian Mielitz is out with a bruised shoulder, while Sebastian Prodl will continue his recovery from surgery. Aaron Hunt has a groin problem and Lukas Schmitz will miss the clash though suspension. Tim Borowski is fit, but is likely to start on the bench.

Bayer Leverkusen's perennially-long injury list has taken a turn for the better. Tranquillo Barnetta and Renato Augusto have both recovered from their physical problems, but are unlikely to be in Robin Dutt's starting XI. Rene Adler is close to a return, but with Bernd Leno's great form in the first half of the season, is not expected to challenge for a first-team spot. Meanwhile, Sidney Sam is close to a return, but the trip to Bremen comes too soon for him.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Werder Bremen defender Clemens Fritz will make his 200th Bundesliga appearance should he be selected.
  • Since losing 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund, Werder have won their last three home matches.
  • Tim Wiese and Clemens Fritz will be facing their old club. The Germany goalkeeper started his career at the BayArena, while Fritz had a three-year spell there.
  • Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Michael Ballack (right) played with Claudio Pizarro at Bayern Munich, before leaving for Chelsea in 2006. The Peruvian followed him to Stamford Bridge a year later.
  • The BayArena club have not been beaten by Saturday's opponents for almost four years, since a 1-0 home loss in May 2008.

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Available Squads
1Tim WieseGoalkeeper
25Sokratis PapastathopoulosDefender
26Florian HartherzDefender
3Francois AffolterDefender
8Clemens FritzDefender
17Aleksandar IgnjovskiMidfielder
20Mehmet EkiciMidfielder
25Tom TrybullMidfielder
44Philipp BargfredeMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
14Claudio PizarroStriker
21Sebastian MielitzGoalkeeper
18Mikael SilvestreDefender
11WesleyMidfielder
35Florian TrinksMidfielder
41Niclas FüllkrugStriker
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
5Manuel FriedrichDefender
20D. da CostaDefender
24Michal KadlecDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
14Andre SchürrleStriker
11Stefan KießlingStriker
22David YelldellGoalkeeper
6Bastian OczipkaDefender
21Ömer ToprakDefender
13Michael BallackMidfielder
-M. OrtegaMidfielder
38Karim BellarabiMidfielder
19Eren DerdiyokStriker
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