Werder Bremen – Hoffenheim
Werder Bremen hosts Hoffenheim at the Weserstadion in a game from the 19th round of the Bundesliga.
In the previous round of the league Werder managed to take a breath of fresh air after suffering four consecutive losses in the Bundesliga. Werder stopped their bad run with a win against Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, which allowed them to escape the relegation zone and move to 16th place in the league. The only goal in the game was scored in the 66th minute when Fortuna’s Florian Kanstenmeier scored himself an own goal.
Werder won this match, but they finished the game with 10 men on the pitch. In the last seconds of the game the Finnish centre back Nikolas Moisander got a second yellow, so he won’t be avaliable against Hoffenheim on Sunday.
Except the suspended Moisander, Kevin Voft, Michael Lang, Theodor Gebre Selassie and Ludwig Augustinsson are injured and also unavaliable.
Hoffenheim approach this visit to Bremen from 8th place in the Bundesliga. Right now they have 27 points and a record of 8 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses, so their inconsistency is not currently allowing them to return to Top 6.
In the previous round Hoffenheim had a chance to improve their position in the standings, but Alfred Schreuder’s team lost its home game against Eintracht Frankfurt at the PreZero Arena. Konstantinos Stafylidis scored for the home side, but Hoffe lost the game with 1-2.
Against Werder Hoffenheim can’t use a few injured players, who are still in a process of recovery. Oliver Baumann, Ishak Belfodil, Phillip Ochs and Robert Skov are all sidelined and unavaliable at the moment.
It’s difficult to say that one of these two teams is in a better shape at the moment or a favourite in this game. Werder Bremen had the luck to win their last game and this will improve their confidence, but Hoffenheim will aim for the points as well.