Ritsu Doan (l.) and Josh Sargent (r.) should be the key men in the relegation six-pointer between Arminia Bielefeld and Werder Bremen. - © DFL
Ritsu Doan (l.) and Josh Sargent (r.) should be the key men in the relegation six-pointer between Arminia Bielefeld and Werder Bremen. - © DFL
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Arminia Bielefeld vs. Werder Bremen: probable line-ups, match stats and LIVE blog!

Due to the wintry weather conditions, the match between Arminia Bielefeld and Werder Bremen has been postponed for Sunday. A new date for the game to be played will be announced shortly.

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Bielefeld, the league's joint-lowest scorers, have made their goals work for them, collecting 17 points from 19 games. Doan is the club's most prolific attacking outlet with three goals and two assists, although there was little he could do about the 3-1 defeat at Cologne last time out. However, Doan will have familiar support this weekend with January signing Masaya Okugawa - on loan from Red Bull Salzburg - pushing for an immediate Bundesliga debut with Reinhold Yabo and Cebio Soukou struggling for form. Uwe Neuhaus will hope his Japanese wingers can help spark Bielefeld back into life after conceding eight goals across their last two league outings. Midfield battler Manuel Prietl is back from injury. He might play beside Fabian Kunze rather than instead of, with a double pivot providing a more solid base on which to arrest the club's recent slide.

Bremen may cautiously regard this as a relegation six-pointer, but the club have had a recent purple-patch, Florian Kohfeldt's side suffering defeat just once in their last five outings, picking up eight of the 15 points on offer to them with wins over Hertha Berlin and Augsburg included. It was Kevin Möhwald's second-half equaliser which earned a point against rock-bottom Schalke last weekend. With Tahith Chong's loan from Manchester United cut short and both Davie Selke and Niclas Füllkrug still working their way back from injury, the time may have come for Milot Rashica to make a starting return for Bremen. The Kosovan forward hasn't made the starting XI since the end of November but could be set to support Josh Sargent and Romano Schmid in attack. Another boost for the Die Grün-Weißen comes in the form of Ludwig Augustinsson, who is fit to start at left wing-back ahead of Felix Agu.

Watch: Leonardo Bittencourt earned Bremen victory in the reverse fixture

Match stats

  • Doan and Bielefeld captain Fabian Klos share the lead at the top of the club's scoring charts on three goals apiece.
  • Bielefeld have suffered more defeats after 19 matches (12) than in any of their previous 17 Bundesliga campaigns - seven of which ended in relegation.
  • Arminia are something of an all-or-nothing team at home this season, winning four and losing six at the SchücoArena.
  • Bremen pair Bittencourt and Füllkrug have scored four goals each.
  • Werder have 22 points after 19 matches. It took them 28 games to reach the same tally last season, which they ended in the relegation play-off spot.
  • The Green-Whites have claimed 13 of their 22 points in 2020/21 on their travels, compared to nine on home turf.

Probable line-ups

Bielefeld: Ortega - Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson, Laursen - Kunze, Prietl - Doan, Hartel, Okugawa - Klos (c)
Out: -
Doubtful: -
Coach: Uwe Neuhaus

Bremen: Pavlenka - Veljkovic, Toprak, Friedl - Gebre Selassie (c), Eggestein, Möhwald, Augustinsson - Rashica - Sargent, Schmid
Out: Erras (muscular), Plogmann (knee)
Doubtful: Füllkrug (ankle), Groß (muscular), Selke (thigh)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt