Bundesliga returns this Friday with a game between newly promoted side Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin.
Venue: Weserstadion (Bremen)
Werder Bremen have won just one of their last five home league games (D1, L3).
The hosts have won all six historical Friday home league games they’ve played against Hertha by an aggregate 21-5 scoreline.
Bremen have failed to score in their last two league games.
Hertha Berlin have won just one of their last six league games (D4, L1).
They have kept just one clean sheet in the league this season.
The visitors have won just one away league game this season (W1, D1, L3).
Head to head
Bremen have won six of the last 15 head-to-head meetings between both sides. Hertha Berlin have just one win in that period.
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Hertha Berlin: W-L-D-D-W
After a strong start to their Bundesliga season, things have begun to go badly for Werder Bremen.
The hosts began their season with three wins and just one loss in five games. However, it seems that the honeymoon period is over for them, as they are currently on a three-game losing run.
Part of that run includes a loss to lowly Paderborn in the DFB Pokal, plus two league losses to Mainz (2-0) and Freiburg (2-0) in their most recent outing. This means that Bremen have failed to score a league goal in over three hours of league action.
The hosts come into this tie sitting in the eleventh position. They have the division’s second-worst home team (W1, D1, L3), but will fancy their chances here given that they beat Gladbach 5-1 at home at the start of October.
They will be looking for a second Bundesliga home win of the campaign here and can be confident of doing so given that they have recorded nine H2H wins from their last 13 home meetings with Hertha Berlin (D3, L1).
Possible Bremen starting line-up
Jiri Pavlenka; Lee Buchanan, Amos Pieper, Fabio Chiarodia; Mitchell Weiser, Romano Schmid, Jens Stage, Ilia Gruev, Anthony Jung; Niclas Füllkrug, Marvin Ducksch.
Injured: Milos Veljkovic, Nicolai Rapp, Jean-Manuel Mbom
Suspended: Marco Friedl
Hertha Berlin will look to make it two wins in two games when they travel to Weserstadion on Friday.
The visitors ended a run of four games without a win last time out when they beat Schalke 2-1 last time out. The win was their first Bundesliga win this calendar year when conceding and so they will travel with a boost of confidence.
The result was also their first home league win this season, and club president Kay Bernstein had tears in his eyes in the aftermath as he declared a feeling of relief. So the target will be for them to now build on that result as they look to improve their current position on the league table.
However, the 13th-placed visitors have won just one away league game this season (W1, D1, L3), albeit all four other winless games came against opponents sitting in the top half of the Bundesliga table. Their only away win came at Augsburg (2-0), a team that sits directly between Hertha and Bremen in the standings, which suggests that Hertha can pull off good results on the road against other mid-table sides.
Possible Hertha Berlin starting line-up
Oliver Christensen; Jonjoe Kenny, Agustín Rogel, Marc-Oliver Kempf, Marvin Plattenhardt; Lucas Tousart, Ivan Sunjic, Suat Serdar; Dodi Lukebakio, Stevan Jovetic, Marco Richter.
Injured: Kelian Nsona, Jessic Ngankam, Linus Gechter
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Bremen 1-2 Hertha Berlin