First Team

Six pointer at the Weser

The Reds travel Bremen on Saturday looking to improve their situation in the relegation battle with a good result in the northern derby.

Match facts

  • Werder Bremen have failed to win any of their last nine home games – currently a negative club record.

  • Thomas Schaaf was employed at Werder for 41 years and returns to Bremen for the second time as an opposition coach. Last season he suffered a 1-0 defeat there with Eintracht Frankfurt.

  • Werder are unbeaten in their last twelve games against Hannover (eight wins and four draws) - longer than against any other current Bundesliga side.

  • Hannover 96 have only managed one victory in 27 games at Bremen - Fredi Bobic scored a brace during a 2-1 victory on March 22nd 2003 with Gerhard Tremmel standing in goal.

  • Hannover have lost more than half of their Bundesliga games against Werder (28/55) but are currently are on a three-game unbeaten streak against SVW.

  • The Reds celebrated their first win of the season in the reverse fixture against Bremen earlier this season - a 1-0 victory thanks to Salif Sane’s header from a corner.

  • Zlatko Junuzovic scored from a direct free-kick in both games against Hannover last season.

  • Hiroki Sakai bagged his only Bundesliga goal in Bremen (November 2013).

  • Hannover will be without: Andreasen (ankle inflammation), Bech (muscle injury), Benschop (knee surgery), Hugo Almeida (suspended).

  • Werder will be without: Wolf (hip injury), Zetterer (fractured hand), Bargfrede (knee surgery), Johannsson (just returned to training).

Battle of the day
Two veteran’s of the game share the spotlight during this northern-derby in the form of Bremen’s Claudio Pizarro and Hannover’s Christian Schulz. “Schulle’s” second Bundesliga brace of his career earned Hannover a victory against Stuttgart and he also played for Werder between 2002 and 2007. The “Pizza Express” has returned to Bremen, with the 37-year-old striker bagging nine goals in his last eight appearances for SVW, still proving his remarkable goal-scoring instinct. 

Recent form
After Hannover’s promising display during their victory in Stuttgart, the following matchday produced an entirely different outcome, as the Reds suffered their fourth straight home defeat with a 4-0 loss to VfL Wolfsburg. Werder Bremen on the other hand claimed an impressive 4-1 victory at Bayer 04 Leverkusen during the week. 

Another goal spectacle in Bremen?
Hannover’s last trip to the Weser saw each team score three goals in an entertaining game. Among the goal scorers on that occasion was Hiroshi Kiyotake, who made his return to the starting XI in Stuttgart and will look to boost Hannover’s attacking efforts of just 21 goals scored so far. 

Predicted line-ups:

Hannover 96: Zieler - H. Sakai, Sané (Milosevic), C. Schulz, Sorg - Fossum, Hoffmann, Yamaguchi (Sané) - Kiyotake - Karaman, M. Wolf (Klaus)

Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Vestergaard, Djilobodji, S. Garcia - Fritz - Bartels, Öztunali - Junuzovic - Ujah, Pizarro