Mainz - After another defeat on Matchday 9, the mood at SV Werder Bremen remains glum. Viktor Skripnik's side have lost their last five games and are desperate for a positive result when they face 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday (15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT).

History

Bremen will take heart from their strong record in this fixture. They have beaten Mainz in nine of the 18 games they have played against them, losing only five.

Top facts

  • Viktor Skripnik made his debut as Bremen coach on Matchday 10 of last season. Bremen won the game 2-1, taking their first three points of 2014/15.
  • Mainz haven't drawn in 16 games. The last time they did so was against Bremen - a 0-0 on Matchday 27 of last season.
  • Bremen have only lost one of their last eight away games in Mainz.
  • Mainz have already lost five games, as many as they had won in total by Christmas last year.
  • For the first time in five years, Bremen are now on a goalless run of three games.
  • Mainz keeper Lorius Karius has not conceded any of the last four penalties he has faced.
  • If Bremen were to lose a sixth consecutive game, it would set a new record for the club.
  • Bremen's Anthony Ujah and Mainz's Leon Balogun are both facing former employers.

Possible line-ups

Mainz:Karius - Brosinski, Bungert, Bell, Bengtsson - Baumgartlinger, Latza - Jairo, Malli, De Blasis - Muto

Bremen:Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Lukimya, Bargfrede, Galvez, Garcia - Bartels, Fritz, Junuzovic, Lorenzen - Ujah