Bochum vs Werder Bremen: probable teams, match stats and LIVE blog!
Oliver Burke is pushing for his first Bundesliga start of the season when Werder Bremen travel to Bochum on Saturday (kick-off: 3.30pm CEST).
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Despite their best efforts, Bochum simply couldn’t force an equalizer in Freiburg last weekend. VfL have now lost their first four games of the Bundesliga season and are the only team without a single point on the board before matchday five. Ivan Ordets fell to the bench against Freiburg but could be called up in defense after full-backs Kostas. Stafylidis and Saidy Janko received beatings. New arrival Lys Mousset could also make her debut. Otherwise, it’s like you were for head coach Thomas Reis as he attempts to rectify the Ruhr District club’s worst start to the campaign.
Although the weather is cloudy with a risk of a second fall in Bochum, the start of the season prospects are bright in comparison for Bremen. Ole Werner’s side took five points from the first 12 offered and were unbeaten until the 4-3 loss to UEFA Europa League holders Eintracht Frankfurt last time out. Despite Burke’s goals from the bench against VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund, Werner looks set to be on his preferred starting line-up. It’s fair to assume the flying Scotsman will be named as a substitute for the fifth game in a row.
Look: Highlights of Bremen’s historic victory at Dortmund
- Simon Zoller has scored two of Bochum’s three goals in the Bundesliga this season. Only 17th-placed Hertha Berlin have scored fewer team goals (two).
- Only seven of the 21 Bundesliga teams that had previously lost their first four matches of a Bundesliga season were relegated.
- Bochum No.1 Manuel Riemann has saved 20 penalties in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 since 2013, including two this season. That’s more penalty saves than any other goalkeeper in Germany’s top two divisions in the same period.
- Bremen striker Niclas Füllkrug has three goals in the lead after four matches. Burke and Leonardo Bittencourt are next with two goals each.
- Werner’s Bremen have lost just one of their last 12 away games in all competitions.
- Games involving Bremen have recorded the most goals in 2021/22 – an average of five per game (10 scored, 10 conceded).
Bohum: Riemann – Gamboa, Masovic, Ordets, Heintz – Losilla (c), Goralski – Zoller, Stöger, Holtmann – Hofmann
Out: Graves (shoulder), Soares (hip)
Doubtful: Antwi-Adjei (muscular), Stafylidis, Janko (groin)
Coach: Thomas Reis
Bremen: Pavlenka – Pieper, Veljkovic, Friedl (c) – Weiser, Schmid, Groß, Stage, Jung – Füllkrug, Ducksch
Out: Bittencourt (ribs), Dinkci (fitness match), Mbom (Achille), Salifou (abductor)
Coach: Ole Werner