Red-hot Werder Bremen will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to eight games when they travel to Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday (kick-off 20:30 CET/18:00 GMT). Who plays? Who wins? Read on...
Frankfurt are without top scorer Alex Meier, who has five goals in five games against Bremen, while veteran Japanese defender Makoto Hasebe remains out for the season.
Bremen's impressive winter signing Thomas Delaney is ruled out with a thigh injury, and forward Serge Gnabry remains absent for the foreseeable future.
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Vallejo, Abraham, Oczipka - Chandler, Mascarell, Gacinovic, Tawatha - Fabian - Hrgota, Rebic
Coach: Niko Kovac
Absentees: Hasebe (knee), Meier (heel)
Bremen: Wiedwald - Veljkovic, Moisander, Caldirola - Eggestein - Gebre Selassie, Grillitsch, Junuzovic, Garcia - Bartels, Kruse
Coach: Alexander Nouri
Absentees: Gnabry (groin), Delaney (thigh), Fritz (ankle), Bauer (ankle), Sane (groin), Bargfrede (thigh)
- Frankfurt are without a win in eight games, picking up just two points in this time.Bremen have a league-high 19 points from the last seven matches.Eintracht have been victorious in seven of their last 13 fixtures against the Green-Whites. They’ve not won more than five against any other team in this time.Frankfurt are unbeaten in six home games against Bremen (W4, D2).A 1-0 win for Werder over the Eagles on the final day of last season sent Frankfurt into the relegation play-off.No player in the current Frankfurt squad has a negative record against Bremen.