Ingolstadt: Hansen - Hadergjonaj, Roger (c), Tisserand, Christiansen - Cohen, Morales - Kittel, Groß, Leckie - Lezcano
Coach: Maik Walpurgis
Absentees: Bregerie (suspended), Hartmann (thigh), Matip (suspended), Suttner (suspended)
Bremen: Wiedwald - Veljkovic, Sane, Moisander (c) - Gebre Selassie, Grillitsch, M. Eggestein, Bauer - Kruse - Bartels, Kainz
Coach: Alexander Nouri
Absentees: Delaney (thigh), Hajrovic, Fritz, Caldirola (all knee), Garcia (neck), Junuzovic (suspended)
- Werder have 23 points since the winter break and are in a single-digit position for the first time this season. Only Bayern have more in the Rückrunde (27).
- The northern club are just two points off a guaranteed Europa League position. They last featured in Europe in 2010/11.
- Ingolstadt began their push for survival with nine points from the three games during the Englische Woche. They suffered a setback last time out with defeat at Wolfsburg coupled with wins for Augsburg and Mainz. FCI are now four points away from safety (15th place and the relegation play-off in 16th).
- Bremen are currently in better form than teams like Hertha, Freiburg and Cologne, who currently lie ahead of the Green-Whites in the table, and in fact face Hertha and Cologne on Matchdays 31 and 32, respectively.
- Werder are unbeaten in nine Bundesliga games, winning seven of them. They last had a longer unbeaten run over seven years ago (14 in a row).
- Not many before this season would have expected the names of Alexander Nouri and Maik Walpurgis to be going head-to-head as Bundesliga coaches. They were closer linked with jobs in the third tier.