Werder Bremen vs. Hertha Berlin: probable teams, match statistics and blog LIVE!
Werder Bremen will be hoping Niclas Füllkrug will have his boots against Hertha Berlin on Friday (kick-off: 8:30 p.m. CEST).
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Fullkrug is joint-top scorer this season after 11 appearances, with eight Bundesliga goals, but hasn’t shot for two. Bream lost against Mainz and Freiburg at that time, when exit from the second round of the DFB Cup on penalties in the Bundesliga 2 Paderborn. The promoted Greens-Whites flirted with the first four a fortnight ago, but are currently in the background 11th place, although seven points clear of the relegation zone. The disparity between points at home and on the road is perhaps the biggest concern. Bremen picked up four out of a possible 15 at the Weserstadion, compared to 11 out of 18 away from home. Only at the bottom Schalke – last season’s Bundesliga 2 champions ahead of Ole Werner’s side – fared less well on their home turf. Captain Marco FriedlThe suspension of should see the former Hertha man Niklas Stark come in the bottom three, though Milos Veljkovic will most likely get the green light, if he’s fit.
by Sandro Schwarz Hertha recorded their first home win of the season at the expense of Schalke last weekend. Summer signing Wilfried Kanga broke his Bundesliga duck to ensure a last breath 2-1 win which lifted the Old Lady three points above the bottom three. The Ivorian had dropped on the bench for the 3-2 loss against RB Leipzig a week earlier, but are expected to retain their place in the starting XI for the trip to Bremen. The well traveled Steve Jovetic should also start for the third game in a row, alongside the top scorer Dodi Lukebakio and Chidera Ejuke. Mark Richter – who underwent successful surgery to remove a testicular tumor in the summer – is another option, but the veteran midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng remains a doubt after a flu attack. Defender Philippe Uremovic is again an option, but Augustin Rogel should continue in defense for a Hertha team that has lost just one of its last seven games.
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- Füllkrug is one of three players on eight Bundesliga goals this season, alongside Christophe Nkunku (Leipzig) and Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach).
- Bremen have failed to score in consecutive league matches for the first time since September 2021.
- Werder have lost only one of their last 15 meetings with Hertha (W6, D8).
- Lukebakio is Hertha’s top scorer with five goals. He has scored in three of his four meetings for Bremen so far.
- Jovetic has been directly involved in two of Hertha’s last four goals (one of his own, plus an assist).
- Hertha’s points tally away (four) is the same as Bremen’s at home.
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Bremen: Pavlenka – Stark, Pieper, Buchanan – Weiser, Schmid, Groß, Gruev, Jung – Füllkrug (c), Ducksch
Out: Friedl (suspended), Mbom (Achilles), Rapp (thigh), Salifou (groin)
Doubtful: Veljkovic (hitting)
Coach: Ole Werner
Herta: Christensen – Kenny, Rogel, Kempf, Plattenhardt (c) – Tousart, Serdar – Lukebakio, Jovetic, Ejuke – Kanga
Out: Dardai (tibia), Jarstein (not taken into account), Ngankam (thigh), Nsona (cruciate ligament)
Doubtful: Gechter (fitness), Uremovic (ankle)
Coach: Sandro Schwarz
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