bundesliga.com looks ahead to Matchday 14's curtain-closer at the Commerzbank Arena...
A third straight league victory for Frankfurt could lift the Eagles into the the European places, depending on other results. Skripnik, who played under Schaaf for the majority of his eight-year stint as a Bremen player, is looking to guide Werder further away from the drop zone, having seen his side cruise past SC Paderborn 07 last time out.
FACT II Thomas Schaaf will face Bremen for the 1st time (player/coach), served SVW 41 yrs (3 BL titles/5 cup wins). pic.twitter.com/H8wcodDnOT— Eintracht English (@eintracht_eng) December 6, 2014
Kevin Trapp (ankle), Constant Djakpa, Carlos Zambrano, Nelson Valdez (all knee) and Jan Rosenthal all remain sidelined, but defender Marco Russ (pictured) has shaken off an ankle problem, meaning Schaaf is likely to name the same XI that started the 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund last Sunday.
Alejandro Galvez is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Paderborn, while Ludovic Obraniak (thigh), Özkan Yildirim (lack of match fitness) and Franco Di Santo (knee; pictured) are still unavailable. Assani Lukimya is set to replace Galvez in defence, while Clemens Fritz and Santiago Garcia are expected to return.
It seems no-one can stop Alexander Meier from scoring at the moment. The 31-year-old has bagged eight goals in 12 league appearances this season and climbed to the top of the Bundesliga scoring chart last weekend after finding the net against Dortmund. The in-form striker will be confident of keeping that run going on Sunday.
Zlatko Junuzovic (pictured) opened his account for the season with an extraordinary free-kick against Paderborn, but there is much more to the 27-year-old's game than just his set-pieces. Indeed, only VfL Wolfsburg star Kevin De Bruyne (9) has provided more assists than the Austrian international (5) this term.
Thomas Schaaf, Frankfurt coach: "We have to go into the match with Bremen with the same energy levels we've displayed in our last two games."
Viktor Skripnik (pictured), Bremen coach: "I'm looking forward to seeing Thomas again, but it's just a normal game. Everyone is desperate to win."
Frankfurt made it two wins out of two in the league against BVB last time out, while Bremen have displayed a marked improvemed under Skripnik. Werder have won under the Ukrainian, but are still perched perilously close to the drop zone.
Bremen have won 38 of the 88 league encounters between the two sides, with Frankfurt emerging victorious on 31 occasions. However, the Green-Whites haven't beaten the Eagles since Matchday 32 of the 2008/09 season, when they soared to a 5-0 win at the Commerzbank Arena.
Frankfurt: Wiedwald - Chandler, Russ, Anderson, Oczipka - Hasebe, Stendera - Aigner, Inui - Meier, Seferovic
Bremen: Wolf - Gebre Selassie, Prödl, Lukimya, Garcia - F. Kroos - Fritz, Junuzovic - Aycicek - Bartels, Selke
Take another look at Zlatko Junuzovic's sensational free-kick against Paderborn on Matchday 13 courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: