Hertha play host to bogey team Werder Bremen

Berlin - Matchday 2 of the 2015/16 campaign kicks off in the capital, where Hertha Berlin will welcome SV Werder Bremen to the Olympiastadion on Friday evening (kick-off 20:30 CEST / 18:30 GMT).

After a first-ever Bundesliga win at FC Augsburg last weekend, Hertha go into the game looking to build on that early-season optimism at a place where they won just six of 17 home matches last term. Bremen, on the other hand, got off to a hugely disappointing start, losing to FC Schalke 04 a week ago and will themselves be keen putting their first points of the season on the board. Allow bundesliga.com to preview the action...



Top facts

    Hertha have never won their first two games of a Bundesliga season.Werder haven’t lost their opening two games of a campaign for 16 years.Hertha currently occupy a place in the top half of the table for the first time since last season’s Matchday 1 draw with Bremen.Hertha are yet to concede this season and have so far recorded nine clean sheets from 17 games under Pal Dardai.Bremen conceded a joint-league-high 65 goals last season had have already shipped three. Salomon Kalou has scored in successive games for the first time as a Hertha player (in the Bundesliga against Augsburg and in the DFB Cup at DSC Arminia Bielefeld).

Team news

Hertha Berlin

Possible line-up: Kraft - Pekarik, Lustenberger, Langkamp, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Darida - Stocker, Hegeler, Haraguchi - Kalou

Absentees: Beerens (suspended), Ben-Hatira (toe), Allagui (knee), Schieber (knee)

Werder Bremen

Possible line-up: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Lukimya, Vestergaard, U. Garcia - Bargfrede - Fritz, Junuzovic - Eggestein - Johannsson, Ujah

Absentees: S. Garcia (fitness), Lorenzen (fitness), Grillitsch (foot), Bartels (torn muscle)