Berlin - Matchday 2 of the 2015/16 campaign kicks off in the capital, where Hertha Berlin will welcome SV Werder Bremen to the Olympiastadion on Friday evening (kick-off 20:30 CEST / 18:30 GMT).
After a first-ever Bundesliga win at FC Augsburg last weekend, Hertha go into the game looking to build on that early-season optimism at a place where they won just six of 17 home matches last term. Bremen, on the other hand, got off to a hugely disappointing start, losing to FC Schalke 04 a week ago and will themselves be keen putting their first points of the season on the board. Allow bundesliga.com to preview the action...
- Hertha have never won their first two games of a Bundesliga season.
- Werder haven’t lost their opening two games of a campaign for 16 years.
- Hertha currently occupy a place in the top half of the table for the first time since last season’s Matchday 1 draw with Bremen.
- Hertha are yet to concede this season and have so far recorded nine clean sheets from 17 games under Pal Dardai.
- Bremen conceded a joint-league-high 65 goals last season had have already shipped three.
- Salomon Kalou has scored in successive games for the first time as a Hertha player (in the Bundesliga against Augsburg and in the DFB Cup at DSC Arminia Bielefeld).
Possible line-up: Kraft - Pekarik, Lustenberger, Langkamp, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Darida - Stocker, Hegeler, Haraguchi - Kalou
Absentees: Beerens (suspended), Ben-Hatira (toe), Allagui (knee), Schieber (knee)
Possible line-up: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Lukimya, Vestergaard, U. Garcia - Bargfrede - Fritz, Junuzovic - Eggestein - Johannsson, Ujah
Absentees: S. Garcia (fitness), Lorenzen (fitness), Grillitsch (foot), Bartels (torn muscle)