Bremen meet rivals Hannover in crucial survival clash

SV Werder Bremen entertain northern rivals Hannover 96 on Saturday afternoon (kick-off: 15:30CET/14:30GMT) with a crucial three points in the battle against the drop up for grabs.

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Bremen managed to pull one point clear of the relegation zone after their Claudio Pizarro-inspired 4-1 destruction of Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Wednesday gave them a first win in four games. Coach Viktor Skripnik will be optimistic his 37-year-old veteran can add to his ten Bundesliga goals against a side who have already conceded 42 times this season.

Watch: Leverkusen 1-4 Bremen - match highlights

The most recent of those goals came against VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday. The 4-0 defeat left Hannover rooted to the foot of the table, seven points from safety. Die Roten's cause is not helped by the continued absence of striker Charlison Benschop.

Watch: Hannover 0-4 Wolfsburg- match highlights