Bundesliga preview: Werder Bremen - Borussia Dortmund

Recently crowned champions Dortmund travel to Bremen who need a victory to be sure of avoiding relegation

Bremen (4-4-2)

Wiese; Fritz, Mertesacker, Pasanen, Silvestre; Frings, Wesley, Bargfrede, Marin; Wagner, Pizarro

Thomas Schaaf will be without Tim Borowski, Sebastian Boenisch, Naldo and Sebastian Prodl who are all still suffering from injury. Denni Avdic looks set to return to the matchday squad following his migraine problem although Aaron Hunt could miss out after sitting out of training earlier this week with a back strain. The big boost for Bremen is the return of Sandro Wagner who has shrugged off an ankle knock and will start against Dortmund. Werder are currently eight games unbeaten with the burly striker in the starting XI.

Dortmund (4-2-3-1)

Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, Da Silva; Gotze, Lewandowski, Grosskreutz; Barrios

Jurgen Klopp will have to do without long-term casualties Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa, Sebastian Khel, Patrick Owomoyela and Florian Kringe on Saturday. The champions are likely to name a strong line-up even though the title is already in the bag with the club still on course to claim several Bundesliga records. Robert Lewandowski looks set to continue his role behind Lucas Barrios with both strikers grabbing a goal and combining well last weekend in the 2-0 victory over Nurnberg.


  • Bremen are currently without a home victory in seven games. If they fail to beat Jurgen Klopp's men then it will be a new club record for longest run without a victory at home.
  • The Bundesliga strugglers have a very good record against Dortmund at home. In 42 meetings they have picked up 29 victories, drawing seven and losing only six encounters.
  • Torsten Frings, who made his 400th Bundesliga appearance last weekend, played for Dortmund between 2002 and 2004 making 47 appearances. Patrick Owomoyela and Mohamed Zidan have both previously played for Werder.
  • Bremen have failed to keep a clean sheet in 17 games and are only one game away from equalling the unwanted club record set back in the 1963-64 season.
  • Dortmund are the only side in the history of the Bundesliga to clinch the league title after winning their opening seven games. Bayern (1995-96), Kaiserslautern (2001-02) and Mainz (2010-11) have all achieved the feat yet have not gone on to win the league in the same season.
  • Bayern are chasing a Bundesliga record for fewest goals conceded. The club have currently let 19 goals in with Bayern's 21 goals conceded in the 2007-08 season the record set.
  • The champions can also set a new record for most away victories in a season with a win in Bremen. Jurgen Klopp's side are currently on 11, equalling the achievement of Werder (2003-04) and HSV (2005-06).
  • Dortmund's Sven Bender and Bremen's Philipp Bargrede are set to make their 50th Bundesliga appearance. Lukasz Piszczek is due to make his centurion appearance in the league.

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