Werder Bremen’s eight-match unbeaten run will be on the line when they host Hamburg in Sunday’s Nordderby (kick-off: 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
Robert Bauer returned to training on Thursday after suffering ankle ligament damage two weeks ago against Freiburg. It is unclear, however, whether the defender will feature on Sunday.
Hamburg beat high-flying Hoffenheim 2-1 last time out but that win also came at a cost: Greek centre back Kyriakos Papadopoulos picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and is suspended this weekend.
Bremen: Wiedwald - Veljkovic, Moisander, Sane - M. Eggestein - Gebre Selassie, Grillitsch, Junuzovic, Garcia - Bartels, Kruse
Coach: Alexander Nouri
Absentees: Delaney (thigh), J. Eggestein, Hajrovic, Fritz, Caldirola (all knee)
Hamburg: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Jung, Mavraj, Ostrzolek - Sakai (c), Walace - Kostic, Holtby, Hunt - Gregoritsch
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Absentees: Adler (ribs), Müller (knee), Djourou (muscle problem), Ekdal (thigh), Papadopoulos (suspended)
Watch: Highlights of Hamburg's 2-1 win over Hoffenheim
- Werder and Hamburg both have 20 points in the Rückrunde. Only Bayern and Gladbach have more.Bremen are unbeaten in eight matches. They last had a longer run without defeat in the first half of 2009/10.The Green-Whites have won their last three matches, scoring at least twice on every occasion and conceding none. They last had a longer run of victories with clean sheets at home in their title-winning campaign of 2003/04.Werder and HSV meet for the 106th time in the Bundesliga in the Nordderby. No other match has taken place more often in the German top flight. No Bundesliga fixture has ended in a draw as often as the Nordderby (34).Hamburg are unbeaten in the last three derbies against Werder, winning seven of a possible nine points. It’s their longest undefeated run against their arch-rivals this millennium.Hamburg-born Max Kruse is yet to lose a Bundesliga match against his hometown club (W6, D5). Meanwhile, Markus Gisdol is yet to beat Bremen as a Bundesliga coach (D4, L3).