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WATCH: SILVA ON LEIPZIG'S UPTURN IN FORM
LEIPZIG HOLD ON!
That's 12 games unbeaten for Leipzig now and five wins in a row as they climb up to second overnight!
INTO THE MIXER
Werder throwing all they've got into the box. Blaswich comes out to punch clear this time.
FOUR additional minutes as Bremen throw men forward!
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
David Raum 33.62km/h
Romano Schmid 33.39km/h
Dominik Szoboszlai 33.11km/h
Again he gets his head on a cross into the box, but again Blaswich is equal to it on the bounce.
Nkunku turns the ball around the corner for Olmo, who's through on goal to the left, but Pieper times his slide perfectly to make the block.
But we're coming into the period of the game where they seem to step it up.
NOT ENOUGH FROM BREMEN
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STARK IN THE BOOK
Nkunku is about to spin him on the touchline and the Bremen defender slides in. Yellow card.
CALM FROM GVARDIOL
Stage gets onto the end of a long ball and tries to hook it back into the mixer, but Gvardiol - wearing a mask today after breaking his nose during the week - calmly heads it back to Blaswich.
FÜLLE GETS UP!
Füllkrug gets onto the end of a Jung clip into the box and powers a header down low, but Blaswich is able to hold.
Werder react to the goal with a double change as Rapp and Stage replace Groß and Bittencourt in midfield. Dani Olmo - who will be off to the World Cup with Spain after this - is on for Forsberg for Leipzig.
11 times under pressure
LEIPZIG LEAD AGAIN!
Schlager was unable to get through earlier but he does this time. Silva with a touch around the corner into the Austrian's path, he holds off Groß and knocks it past Pavlenka to restore the visitors' lead.
GOAL!1 : 2
It's Nkunku to take it. Werder have a man on the floor behind the wall and one on the post. Neither player are in any danger as the Frenchman blasts his effort high and wide. Ball still probably hasn't come back down yet.
Schlager tries to drive through the centre of the Werder defence on the edge of the box and is tripped. Free-kick inside the D. Leipzig are the third-most dangerous team from free-kicks this season. What can they do here?
The goal has given Bremen a huge boost in their win probability. They were down at 10% as we kicked off the half.
AND WE'RE LEVEL!
Leipzig will be furious with this. A throw-in on the Bremen left, couple of passes and Groß finds himself with an angle to shoot from the left corner of the box. It takes a slight deflection off Orban to loop over a stranded Blaswich and into the far top corner. Big way to mark the midfielder's 50th Bundesliga appearance, with his first goal in the division!
GOAL!1 : 1
But then Leipzig switch back to attacking mode. Schlager over to Henrichs. He plays in Szoboszlai, who tries a back heel but the ball lands back at him anyway. He squares for Nkunku, but the division's top scorer somehow puts wide from inside the six-yard box!
FRONT FOOT BREMEN
The home side have come out this half like they did in the first. This time they've maintained the effort a bit longer and are also seeing more of the ball. But there's no way through this Leipzig back line yet.
Both sides have had chances of equal value, but it's Leipzig who lead as the players return for the second half.
This is the fifth game in a row between these sides where Bremen have gone into half-time trailing. The result of the previous four? Leipzig victories.
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He's found to the left of goal, twists this way and that trying to find an angle, but his ball into the middle is smothered by Pavlenka.
A HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLE
Niclas Füllkrug Joško Gvardiol
DEFLECTED OFF JUNG
As they have most of the game, Bremen come forward down the right. Weiser's cross goes all the way through to Jung, who hits it on the bounce, but it deflects off Henrichs and takes the sting out of it for Blaswich.
DOWN TO 10 FOR THE MOMENT
Orban has got a cut on his forehead so has to go off to have it cleaned up. Leipzig are down to 10 for the moment.
LEIPZIG IN AGAIN
The visitors - and Forsberg in particular - again find space in the Bremen half. The Swede sees Schlager on the overlap and slips him in, but Weiser tracks him all the way.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Christopher Nkunku 32.60km/h
David Raum 32.13km/h
Dominik Szoboszlai 32.12km/h
NOT THIS TIME
Füllkrug and Ducksch are almost always on the same wavelength. The former tries to square to his partner but doesn't quite get the pass right and it's cut out.
Silva's goal has very much swung this game in Leipzig's favour and boosted their win probability. But if there's any team this season that's proven stats mean nothing, it's Bremen. Remember their 3-2 win from being 2-0 down after 89 minutes at Dortmund?
Golden chance for Werder and Füllkrug as a free-kick is clipped over the top, Stark turns it across the face of goal but Blaswich somehow manages to deny Füllkrug from point-blank range.
Haidara goes in with an arm as he goes up for a header and catches Jung in the face.
Silva <3 Bremen
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Devastating break from Leipzig. They win the ball back in their own half and Forsberg is set away through the middle. He has Silva to his left, Nkunku to his right. The Swede goes for the former, slipping it perfectly into his path and the Portugal international slots it away first time from the left of goal
GOAL!0 : 1
ALL LEIPZIG NOW
Another Leipzig corner and it's cleared. This time only to Szoboszlai, who takes a touch to get the ball out of his feet and shoots from 25 yards. Well over.
Leipzig almost carve their way through as Forsberg flicks a pass that's behind him out in front, but he's blocked off before he can cut the ball back and earns a corner. That's immediately cleared.
Bremen aren't going to let Leipzig just sit on the ball. The hosts are pressing high and hard in the first minute.
TEAMS IN THE TUNNEL
Bremen have been line dup waiting for a few minutes. Leipzig are now joining them as referee Matthias Jöllenbeck prepares to lead the teams out at the Weserstadion.
HEAD TO HEAD
WEISER'S ASSIST GOAL
Watch out for Werder's Mitchel Weiser today. The Bremen right-sided dynamo is looking to become the first Green-White player since Diego to provide four assists in-a-row. Weiser laid on both Werder's goals in the 2-1 win against Schalke and also assisted Anthony Jung's goal in the heavy defeat at Bayern Munich.
BREMEN TEAM NEWS
Home boss Ole Werner has opted for three changes to the team that began the 6-1 defeat against Bayer Munich last time out. Stark, Schmid and Füllkrug are in from the get-go, the latter recovering from a back complaint. Burke drops to the bench while Gruev and Veljkovic miss out completely.
LEIPZIG TEAM NEWS
Nyland, Olmo, Poulsen, Klostermann, Halstenberg, Ba, Novoa, Kampl
LEIPZIG STARTING XI
Blaswich - Henrichs, Orban (c), Gvardiol, Raum - Schlager, Haidara - Szoboszlai, Nkunku, Forsberg - Silva
Zetterer, Stage, Burke, Dinkci, Schmidt, Rapp, Goller, Buchanan, Chiarodia
WERDER STARTING XI
Pavlenka - Pieper, Stark, Friedl (c) - Weiser, Schmid, Groß, Bittencourt, Jung - Füllkrug, Ducksch
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THE VIEW FROM LEIPZIG
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THE VIEW FROM BREMEN
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THE TREATMENT ROOM
After scoring nine goals in 16 games following his return to the Red Bull Arena this summer, it was like Timo Werner had never been away. Unfortunately for him, an ankle injury will keep him out for the foreseeable future and means he will not be travelling with the Germany squad to Qatar. He is joined in the treatment room by Peter Gulacsi, Konrad Laimer and Marcel Halstenberg, although Rose has plenty of alternative options at his disposal. Other than Füllkrug's potential absence, Bremen will have to make do without Felix Agu and Jean-Manuel Mbom, while Milos Veljkovic could also miss out after limping off at the Allianz Arena in midweek.
THE KEY MEN
THE FORM BOOK
Werder Bremen's return to the Bundesliga has, thus far, been a successful one. Despite being tipped for a relegation battle prior to the start of the season, they sit eighth in the table and just five points off the top four. Today, though, they face a Leipzig side in a rich vein of form. After a difficult start to life as the club's coach, Marco Rose has led RB through a 12-game unbeaten run (W10, D2). They are now back in the conversation for the Champions League places, and will be eager to continue their five-match winning streak in all competitions at the Weserstadion.