Summary

  • Darmstadt coach Frings returns to club where he made his name.
  • Lilies yet to pick up a point on the road this term.
  • Bremen's Gnabry in fine form in front of goal.

The Bundesliga's basement boys Darmstadt could do with improving a disappointing away record when they visit Werder Bremen on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Werder hung on for a 2-1 win at Wolfsburg on Matchday 22, Alexander Nouri’s side climbing out of the bottom three as a result. Serge Gnabry followed up his goal in the win over Mainz with a fine brace against Wolfsburg and the former Arsenal attacker will hope to add to his 10-goal tally for the season against the under-pressure visitors.

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For their part, Darmstadt could not hold on to a second-half lead against Augsburg and slipped to a 2-1 defeat last weekend. Ten points behind Werder in the table, the Lilies desperately need to pick up their first points on the road this season - at the 11th attempt. An intriguing subplot surrounds the return of Darmstadt's new coach Torsten Frings to the club where he made his name in the early 2000s.

Darmstadt coach Torsten Frings twice won the DFB Cup with this weekend's opponents, Bremen.

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Match Stats

  • Werder could win three games in a row for the first time in two years.
  • Nouri’s side have taken more points away from home this season (12) than at home (10).
  • Gnabry got the first brace of his Bundesliga career in the win over Wolfsburg. He also scored in a 2-2 draw with Darmstadt in October - only one of his 10 goals this season has come at home.
  • Darmstadt are unbeaten in six matches against Werder. This is only their third season in the Bundesliga since the most recent defeat against the home side in November 1978.
  • Lilies boss Frings is a Werder legend: he spent over 11 years in Bremen over two separate spells as a player and was assistant manager at the club at the start of this season.
  • Werder defender Luca Caldirola spent last season on loan at Darmstadt. The Italian played every minute as the newly-promoted club managed to stay up.

The Venue - Weser Stadium