Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen Match Preview
Dortmund will be looking for a victory in the last match of their campaign as they battle for the 3rd spot and direct champions League qualification against Hoffenheim.
It is a very interesting final fixture coming up as Dortmund will have to win to secure the 3rd spot and will gain direct qualification to the Champions league group stages. Tuchel’s men dropped points against Monchengladbach and Hoffenheim were ready to capitalise on it as they are now on equal points with Dortmund.
Werder was demolished 5-3 at home by Hoffenheim and will look to turn their fortune in this fixture at the Signal Iduna Park.
Date/Time : Saturday, 20th May 2017 / 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET / 19:00 (IST)
Venue : Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
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Unbeaten in five matches in the Bundesliga (W3 D2) and their place secured in the final of the DFB Pokal, Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund are starting to find their feet again after a tough run in April. Dortmund’s eyes are still on direct qualification into next season’s Champions League group stages – a top 3 finish – so with 4th placed Hoffenheim behind them on goal difference alone, the BVB should be going all out for the win on Saturday.
Dortmund remain doubtful over winger Andre Schurrle and midfielder Julian Weigl. Mario Gotze is out for the foreseeable future due to illness, while centre-back Marc Bartra featured on the bench last time out. Gonzalo Castro returns from suspension.
Werder Bremen found themselves on the cusp of the relegation zone after starting 2017 with four consecutive defeats – a record which was last seen in 1980 – but the North Germans have turned in around as the year has gone on.
Werder’s unbelievable 11 matches unbeaten run (W9 D2) was brought to an end two matches back against Cologne (4-3 defeat), and last weekend’s 5-3 defeat at home to Hoffenheim means that the North Germans are now all but mathematically out of the race for European football.
Werder Bremen have just a few concerns ahead of Saturday: midfielder Clemens Fritz has been written off for the season following an injury picked up a few weeks back. Center-back Luca Caldirola and left back Santiago Garcia are also unlikely to feature. Right-back Robert Bauer misses this to suspension.
Borussia Dortmund: Burki; Schmelzer, Ginter, Sokratis; Guerreiro, Kagawa, Castro, Piszczek; Reus, Aubameyang, Dembele
Werder Bremen: Wiedwald; Moisander, Sane, Veljkovic; Gebre Selassie, Eggstein, Delaney, Junuzovic; Gnabry, kruse, Bartels
The last four outings between the two sides were the entertaining ones. BVB were victorious but each time Werder scored at least once. SV Werder Bremen are without a win in Dortmund since 2009.