Werder Bremen are seeking a fifth successive home win for the first time in nearly a decade as Hertha Berlin arrive with a miserable away record to face the Bundesliga's ultra-in-form team on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
Bremen coach Alexander Nouri has been handed a big boost Thomas Delaney’s return from injury, as well as Zlatko Junuzovic’s return from suspension. Delaney may have to settle for a starting position on the bench following his layoff.
Hertha will have to juggle their defence about following injuries to John Brooks and Marvin Plattenhardt, who now join a long list of Berlin absentees. Youngster Jordan Torunarigha is therefore set to start a Bundesliga game for only the second time.
Bremen: Wiedwald - Veljkovic, Sane, Moisander - Eggestein - Gebre Selassie, Grillitsch, Junuzovic (c), Bauer - Bartels, Kruse
Coach: Alexander Nouri
Absentees: Hajrovic, Fritz, Caldirola (all knee), Garcia (neck)
Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Langkamp, Torunarigha, Mittelstädt - Skjelbred, Allan - Esswein, Darida, Kalou – Ibisevic (c)
Coach: Pal Dardai
Absentees: Brooks (hip), Plattenhardt (thigh), Weiser (thigh), Darida (suspended), Lustenberger (groin) Schieber (ankle), Duda (thigh), Stark (foot), Stocker (thigh), Kurt (ankle)
- Werder are unbeaten in their last ten games, claiming 26 of a possible 30 points in that timeframe to make them by far the division's in-form team.Bremen had the worst defensive record in the Bundesliga after 20 Matchdays (42 conceded), but are second only to Bayern in the last ten (nine conceded).Hertha have picked up 14 wins this season, more than the whole of the 2015/16 campaign. The last time they did better was 2008/09 when they recorded 19 victories.Werder have won their last four home games, and have not won five in a row at the Weser Stadium in almost ten years.By stark contrast, Hertha have lost their last eight away games, a club record for a single season.The capital club have not picked up a point on the road in almost five months since their 3-2 win at Wolfsburg on 3 December — only Darmstadt (3) have collected fewer points away from home this season (9).Werder have not lost at home to Hertha in eight meetings, winning seven of those games.Games involving Bremen have seen 101 goals scored this season, more than any other team.