Werder Bremen’s form this season has not been improving yet. They are still stuck in the bottom of the table with only two wins, five draws and four losses. They have been unable to win in the last seven games. Florian Kohfeldt’s men are even approaching the danger as they are only two points away from the relegation zone. This weekend, they have to face another challenge, that is taking on Schalke 04, one of the teams which siting above them on the table.
Werder Bremen news:
The disappointing results in Bundesliga do not seem to end yet. Florian Kohfeld has not been able to maximise the team’s potentials. Befor the international break, Davy Klaesen and Co suffered a loss again. They were beaten by the number one of the standings, Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-3. They even were already three goals behind by Ramy Bensebaini’s goal and Patrick Hermann’s brace before scoring s consolation goal by Leonardo Bittencourt at the stoppage time.
Schalke’s campaign in Bundesliga is still quite positive. However, they have a consistency issue on their form. Such cost them their current position on the table, which is on the seventh with 19 points. In the previous match, David Wagner’s men were held in a goal galore 3-3 draw by Fortuna Duesseldorf. They could take the lead three times by Daniel Caligiuri’s, Ozan Kabak’s and Suat Serdar’s goal but were equalised three times too. It was Rouwen Hennings who netted a hattrick to deny their prospective three points at home.
Missing players and probable line-ups:
Florian Kohfeldt has attempted to deploy various formations from 4-3-3, 4-3-1-2 or 4-4-2. However, the results has remained the same so far, dominated by draws and occasional defeats. For the upcoming fixture, he might consider using more defensive approach to pick up their first win since September by employing 4-3-2-1. Sadly, some players will still be sidelined. They are Niklas Fullkrug, Niclas Moisander, Fin Barthels, Omar Toprak and Kevin Mohwald.
Werder Bremen: Jiri Pavlenka; Gebre Selassie, Sebastian Langkamp, Ludwig Augustinsson, Marco Friedl; Nuri Sahin, Davy Klaessen, Maximillian Eggstein; Milot Rashica, Leonardo Bittencourt; Yuya Osako.
Their contender, Schalke 04, has been more confident. The former Huddersfield boss, David Wagner, is normally in favour of 4-2-3-1. He counts on the young players more than the senior ones such as Suat Serdar, Amine Harit or Weston McKennie. This could be their key of success this season, along with the fact that some of them are still ruled out due to their injuries such as Benjamin Stambouli, Nabil Bentaleb, Salif Sane and Alesandro Schopf.
Schalke 04: Alexandre Nubel; Ozin Kabak, Weston McKennie, Jonjo Kenny, Bastian Oczipka; Suat Serdar, Omar Mascarell; Amine Harit, Daniel Caligiuri, Benito Raman; Ahmed Kutucu.
Schalke might be better on the table but not in the head-to-head meetings. They only won once in their last six encounters. The host has also won in their last four meetings against The Royal Blues.
Despite such facts, which is not on David Wagner’s men side, they have better chance and squad to snatch three points. Werder Bremen is still unlikely to win this time but will strive not to lose in their home turf. A draw would be fair for them.
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