SV Werder Bremen will be looking to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone on Saturday as they host an SC Freiburg side yet to pick up a point on the road this season (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
Having started the season with four defeats, Bremen looked to be back in business after picking up seven points from a possible nine, with wins over VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen coming either side of a draw with SV Darmstadt 98. That good run was ended by RB Leipzig last time out, but the Green-and-Whites will be out to prove the loss was just a blip, as they look to claim their third win of the season at the Weser Stadium and pull themselves clear of the drop zone.
There has been an element of Jekyll and Hyde about Freiburg's season so far. Christian Streich's team have been flawless at home, winning all four of their games at the Schwarzwald-Stadion, but woeful away, losing all four matches on the road. True, the calendar has not been too kind to them – throwing up trips to Hertha Berlin, 1. FC Köln, Borussia Dortmund and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – but they will be desperate to end a winless away streak stretching all the way back to February.
- Bremen have picked up six of their seven points this season at the Weser Stadium.In 32 Bundesliga meetings between the two sides, there have been 16 penalties (nine for Freiburg, seven for Bremen) and 12 red cards (eight for Freiburg, four for Bremen).Nils Petersen joined Freiburg from Bremen in January 2015. In 69 Bundesliga games for the Green-and-Whites, he scored 18 goals and provided 11 assists.Maximilian Philipp has scored four goals in eight games, the best start by a Freiburg player since Papiss Cisse in 2011.Serge Gnabry leads Bremen's scoring charts with three goals, but he has yet to find the back of the net at the Weser Stadium.Freiburg's Aleksandar Ignjovski played 60 Bundesliga games for Bremen, getting one goal and three assists.