Preview: Borussia Dortmund v SV Werder Bremen

Struggling Borussia Dortmund will hope to get back to winning ways when they face near the bottom-of-the-table Werder Bremen at Signal-Iduna-Park on Saturday.

9 December 2017
Kick-off: 16:30
Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park

Referee: M. Gräfe
Assistants: R. Kempter, M. Sinn
Fourth official: F. Assmuth

Head-to-head summary

Dortmund 99 43 16 40
Bremen 99 40 16 43

Previous encounter

Borussia Dortmund 4-3 Werder Bremen (20 May 2017) Bundesliga

Dortmund scorers: M. Reus (32′), P. Aubameyang (42′), M. Reus (75′), P. Aubameyang (89′)
Werder scorers: Z. Junuzović (7′), F. Bartels (46′), M. Kruse (68′)

Players to watch

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been solid as a rock in defence at the back for BVB and the Greece international will no doubt be a key man in Saturday’s clash at home. The centre-back is a reliable performer and he doubt be at the fore as Peter Bosz’s men start to establish a better footing in defence.

29-year-old Max Kruse is in good form with four goals to his name in the Bundesliga. After scoring in the last fixture last season against the Black and Yellows, he may feel he has a chance to have an influence on the game at Signal-Iduna-Park on Saturday afternoon.

Team form and quotes

BVB, after a promising start to the league, are now looking for their first win in seven Bundesliga games against the visitors. As such, under-pressure manager Peter Bosz admits a win is imperative on home soil. He said an offensive outlook was his goal, saying, “We have an attacking philosophy, which can be implemented with a back three or a back four.”

Meanwhile, for the visitors, manager Florian Kohfeldt is optimistic despite a run which sees his side second from the bottom of the table. He said, “We are really excited for the game and the unbelievable atmosphere that awaits us. We have been looking forward to it all week and now it is important for us to channel our excitement and put in a great performance.”

Team news

For the home side, Maximilian Philipp is out for months after picking up a knee injury in the draw at Bayer Leverkusen last weekend. He joins Marco Reus and Mario Götze on the sidelines.

For Werder, left-back Ulisses Garcia is a doubt while Florian Kainz may feature despite a ban hanging over his head on four yellow cards.