Bundesliga Preview: Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund
Goal.com previews the action as the defending Bundesliga champions visit second-placed Green-Whites in a bid to close the gap on Bayern Munich at the top
By Vasil Kotsev
Sokratis, Naldo, Wolf, Ignjovski
Fritz, Marin, Hunt
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Lowe
Gotze, Lewandowski, Perisic
Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf will have to do without the services of defenders Leon-Aderemi Balogun and Mikael Silvestre, midfielders Ozkan Yildirim and Tim Borowski as well as striker Denni Avdic, who are all recuperating from injuries.
Germany international Marcel Schmelzer has been ruled out of the game on Friday and will be replaced by youngster Chris Lowe in the starting line-up. Following his impressive performance against Augsburg in the last round, Robert Lewandowski is set to retain his place in the team, but is likely that he will be pushed deeper to make place for the returning Lucas Barrios.
The central defence pairing is still unclear as Felipe Santana had a superb game against Jos Luhukay's men and could be preferred to Neven Subotic. Mats Hummels played for Germany in midweek, and fatigue may prompt Jurgen Klopp to bench him for the game on Friday.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Werder Bremen have lost just once at home to Dortmund in the last nine years.
- The loss to Hannover in the last round put an end to Thomas Schaaf's men five-game unbeaten streak.
- The Green-Whites are the only team who has won all of its home games so far in this Bundesliga season.
- Dortmund have lost to Werder Bremen more times than against any other team.
- BVB have lost against the Green-Whites nine times after scoring the opener.
- Last season Borussia Dortmund collected 34 points more than Werder Bremen and conceded 39 goals less.
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Top 3 Predictions
Werder Bremen 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 21.22 %
Werder Bremen 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 18.26 %
Werder Bremen 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 8.87 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 8, 2014||Werder Bremen 1 - Borussia Dortmund 5|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Aug 23, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 1 - Werder Bremen 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Jan 19, 2013||Werder Bremen 0 - Borussia Dortmund 5|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Aug 24, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Werder Bremen 1|
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Aug 5, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Werder Bremen 3|
|Apr 12, 2014||Mainz 3 - Werder Bremen 0||GER1|
|Apr 5, 2014||Werder Bremen 1 - Schalke 04 1||GER1|
|Mar 30, 2014||Hannover 96 1 - Werder Bremen 2||GER1|
|Mar 25, 2014||Werder Bremen 1 - VfL Wolfsburg 3||GER1|
|Mar 21, 2014||SC Freiburg 3 - Werder Bremen 1||GER1|
In every home game in his Bundesliga career he has scored at least one goal against Roman Weidenfeller. The Peruvia striker has been in hot form of recent and there is every reason to believe that 'Pizza' will deliver again.
The youngster impressed once again for Germany against Turkey last week, and was given a rest by Joachim Low for the match in Dusseldorf against Belgium, meaning he will be fully fit for the game on Friday. Gotze was unstoppable at the centre of the attacking trident in the win over Augsburg, but is likely to be pushed to the left agains Werder Bremen. Still, he possesses enough quality to influence any encounter wherever he plays.
Dortmund are yet to hit top form, but still have enough about themselves to earn a draw against Werder Bremen, who were on a good run until the loss against Hannover. History fancies the Green-Whites to edge this one, but BVB are gaining momentum and should be able to get at least a point.
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