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.