On the cusp of the relegation zone is a place no club wants to find themselves, and with Werder Bremen yet to score any points in 2017 they will need to score some goals and fast if they are to end this winless run. Their 1-0 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 20 meant they have now endured four straight losses, a record last seen at Werder in 1980. Coach Alexander Nouri will be desperate to end this run and fast with the clock ticking on this season.
With their first win in five games, Mainz extended the gap between themselves and the relegation zone to nine points. The combination of Jhon Cordoba, Levin Öztunali and new signing Bojan electrified the 05ers' attack in their 2-0 win against FC Augsburg. Will this victory see the start of Martin Schmidt's side making a charge towards the European places?
- Mainz last won two games in a row on Matchdays 3 and 4, when they won 3-1 at Augsburg and 2-1 in Bremen. The latter game, on September 21, 2016, was Alexander Nouri’s first Bundesliga game in charge of the Green-Whites.
- Werder have lost the first four matches in a new calendar year for the first time in 37 years. The only time it happened before was in 1980.
- The 05ers have lost their last two home matches against Bremen and have won only one of their last nine home games against them (3-0, April 2014).
- Werder have never lost more than five Bundesliga games in row in their history so they would level that negative record if they lose again on Saturday.
- Mainz last did the double over the Green-Whites in the 2014/2015 season when they scored six goals in the two matches between the sides. None of the goalscorers are still at the club.
- Bremen have taken only 16 points from 17 matches under Nouri. That’s the worst record of any Werder coach who has been in charge for at least six games.