Hertha Berlin vs Werder Bremen Match Preview

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Currently 13th placed Hertha BSC Berlin welcome 17th placed Werder Bremen in the Matchday 3 of the German Bundesliga in the German capital this Sunday.

Date: 10th September
Venue: Olympiastadion, Berlin
Timings: 7:00PM(IST), 2:30PM(UK Time), 3:30PM(Local Time)
Telecast: For more TV related information go to livesoccertv.com

Team News:

Hertha Berlin: Hertha Berlin had a great start to the league by winning 2:0 in their home against Promoted club Stuttgart in the Berlin Olympiastadion with new signing Mathew Leckie scoring twice in his League debut for Hertha. In the second Matchday they went on to lose 2:0 against one of Germany’s top clubs Borussia Dortmund which was a completely one sided game.

This game would be a special game for Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou as he makes his 100th appearance for the club and would like spark the day by getting on the score sheet. Czech international Vladimir Darida who scored against Germany in the world cup Qualifiers is expected to start with Leckie and Kalou in the two flanks along with Esswein in the center and Ibisevic leading the line-up.

Possible 11(4-5-1): Jarstein, Weiser, Langkamp, Rekik, Plattenhardt, Stark, Darida, Leckie, Kalou, Esswein, Ibisevic (c)

Werder Bremen: Bremen had a tough start to the season indeed. They went on against last season 4th placed club TSG Hoffenheim in Matchday 1 and league champions Bayern Munich in Matchday 2 and went on to lose 1:0 and 0:2 respectively. Werder were able to hold Bayern goalless till the 70th minute but after that Bayern attack was too much for them. Polish international Robert Lewandowski scored a brace within 2 minutes and the match ended in disappointment for Werder fans in the Wesserstadion.

Lying at the bottom of the table, Alexander Nouri and his men would like to convert their losing draught to a win in the German capital this Sunday and register their first point of the season. Werder are expected to play almost the same line up which they played in Matchday 2. Gebre Selassie and Augustinsson in the two flanks with Delaney and Gondorf at the center and Finn Bartels and Max Kruse leading the line-up.

Possible 11(3-5-2): Pavlenka, Bauer, Sane, Veljkovic, Gebre Selassie, M. Eggestein, Augustinsson, Gondorf, Delaney (c), Bartels, Kruse

Head to Head Stats(In the 21st Centuy):

Matches played: 26
Hertha has won: 5
Draw: 4
Werder has won: 17

Match Stats:

  • Bremen have started the season with back-to-back defeats and without scoring for only the second time in their history.
  • Bremen’s unbeaten record against Berlin dates back seven games – four wins, three draws – and is the longest unbeaten streak they currently enjoy against any of their Bundesliga rivals.
  • Bremen have lost their last five Bundesliga fixtures, spanning two seasons. They have never lost six in a row.
  • In the last 15 games Hertha have been involved in, there has never been a draw.
  • Bremen have never gone the first three games of a season without finding the back of the net.
  • Max Kruse had a hand in all three of Bremen’s goals against Hertha Berlin.
  • Hertha’s first defeat at home last season was inflicted on them by Bremen.
  • Salomon Kalou is set for his 100th appearance for Hertha in all competitions.