Summary

  • Bremen enjoying two-match winning run.
  • Green-Whites could go seven points clear of relegation zone with win.
  • Köln winless in last three.

SV Werder Bremen can put further daylight between themselves and the relegation zone with a positive result at home to 1. FC Köln on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Bremen come into the game buoyed by a pair of Max Kruse-inspired wins against FC Ingolstadt 04 and Hertha Berlin. Injury had limited his playing time until recently, but the Germany international has underlined his worth to lift Bremen's morale and give them hope of a hat-trick of victories that could see Alexander Nouri's much-improved charges go seven points clear of the bottom three.

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Köln were close to pulling off a massive coup on Matchday 14, before Marco Reus popped up with a late equaliser to salvage Borussia Dortmund a 1-1 draw. The Billy Goats are winless in three, but are still sniffing around the top six and a third away win of the season - as well as a return to the goals for Anthony Modeste - would be a perfect fillip ahead of their final game of 2016.

Köln leading scorer Anthony Modeste is without a goal in his last three Bundesliga matches. © imago / DeFodi

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Match Stats

  • Bremen picked up their first away win and recorded their first clean sheet of the season on Matchday 14.
  • The Green-Whites have the leakiest defence in the division, with 32 goals conceded.
  • Werder have scored at least once in each of their last 19 home games - their longest such run in nearly 16 years.
  • Thus far this December, only FC Bayern München, Hamburger SV and Bremen have earned six points from their two games.
  • Köln surrendered a late equaliser against Dortmund, meaning they've now gone three games without a win for the first time this season.
  • 23 points from 14 games is Köln's best start to a season in 20 years. Since the Bundesliga introduced three points for a win in 1995/96, the seventh-placed side after 14 matches has never had more than 23 points.

The Venue - Weser Stadium