Bremen - Borussia Mönchengladbach are hoping to bring the Matchday 3 curtain down with a bang on Sunday afternoon when they travel to SV Werder Bremen (kick-off 17:30 CEST / 15:30 GMT) in the final fixture of the weekend.
After finishing third last term and booking their place in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League as a result, 2015/16 hasn't been kind to the Foals, who travel to the Weser Stadion on the back of demoralising defeats to Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05. Werder have fared only marginally better, taking a point off Hertha Berlin after being thrashed 3-0 by FC Schalke 04 on the opening day. bundesliga.com previews Matchday 3's concluding fixture...
- Bremen and Gladbach have had 24 and 20 shots on goal respectively this season, but both have only scored once.
Bremen have failed to win any of their last five Bundesliga games – the longest drought of coach Viktor Skripnik’s reign.
On 19 November 2011 Lucien Favre celebrated his biggest ever win as a Bundesliga coach when Gladbach beat Werder 5-0.
At least two goals have been scored in each of the last 24 matches between these sides. There has not been a goalless draw in this fixture so far this century.
Raffael has so far played against Bremen three times for Gladbach and has scored in every game, netting a total of four goals.
Bremen sporting director Thomas Eichen made 180 Bundesliga appearances for Gladbach.
Possible line-up: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Lukimya, Vestergaard, U. Garcia - Bargfrede - Fritz, Junuzovic - M. Eggestein - Johannsson, Ujah
Wolf (hip), S. Garcia (fitness), Bartels (thigh)
Possible line-up: Sommer - Korb, M. Schulz, Jantschke, Wendt - G. Xhaka, Nordtveit - Herrmann, Traore - Raffael, Stindl
Absentees: Dominguez (back), Johnson (muscle tear)