- Hoffenheim still unbeaten in 2016/17.
- Sinsheim club were held by ten-man Dortmund last Friday.
- Bremen edging away from relegation zone.
Julian Nageslmann and his side will be justifiably proud of their form during the Hinrunde, although that pride will be tinged with regret that they could not convert some of their nine draws into victories. Most recent of these was a gripping 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund, when the Sinsheim club were unable to take advantage of facing ten men for the final 50 minute. However, in Sandro Wagner they have one of the Bundesliga’s in-form strikers, who is sure to relish the chance of adding to his eight goals when facing his old club.
Bremen’s Serge Gnabry is also in fine form right now, with six goals to date having equalised in the 1-1 with 1. FC Köln on Matchday 15 with a brilliant swerving effort. The Germany international has helped push Bremen away from the relegation zone, and if they could end Hoffenheim’s unbeaten run, the Green-and-Whites would occupy a relatively comfortable mid-table slot over the winter break.
- TSG are unbeaten in 15 games. Only five teams have managed to remain unbeaten after the first 16 games of a season.
- Werder are unbeaten in 11 Bundesliga games against Hoffenheim, which is their longest run against any club.
- TSG have 51 points already this calendar year. Their record for an entire calendar year is 52 from 2014, which can be bettered with a win over Bremen.
- Werder have won four of their last five visits to Sinsheim (one draw) and have scored at least two goals on each occasion.
- Nagelsmann took over at Hoffenheim for an away game in Bremen and celebrated becoming the youngest-ever Bundesliga coach with a 1-1 draw.
- The two youngest coaches in the Bundesliga meet in this fixture. Nagelsmann is 29 and Alexander Nouri 37.