Preview - Werder Bremen vs Hoffenheim 13 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 13, 2018, 08:21 PM

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Werder Bremen vs Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim have won their last two Bundesliga games against Bremen, not a bad record considering the village team won only one of their 17 meetings prior to that. Hoffenheim won the reverse meeting 1-0, but Bremen avenged the defeat with a similar scoreline win over Hoffenheim in the second round of the German Cup.

Bremen's tally of 15 points is their worst ever return at the midway stage, and they currently sit on the relegation playoff spot.

Bremen coach Kohfeldt expects to have strike pair Ishak Belfodil and Aron Johannsson available after ankle and knee injuries respectively. Max Kruse is expected to get the nod up top, with Florian Kainz - who has featured in every game so far this season - and Zlatko Junuzovic in support. Thomas Delaney is out for Bremen with calf problems, which is a big loss to the home side.

Midfielder pair Nadiem Amiriand Karem Demirbay are Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann's only absentees.

Sandro Wagner left for Bayern Munich over the winter break, heaping more responsibility on Mark Uth, Hoffenheim's leading scorer with nine goals.

Prediction: Werder Bremen 1-3 Hoffenheim

Bensergi

Match Stats:

  • Werder Bremen 1-1 Hoffenheim
  • Shots: 9-8
  • Possession: 44%-56%
  • Corner kicks: 6-8


Hoffenheim dominated what was a quiet first half in terms of chances, before breaking the deadlock in the final minutes. A short corner came to Serge Gnabry who crossed into the box, with defender Benjamin Hübner rising highest to send a powerful header past Jiri Pavlenka and give Julian Nagelsmann's side a deserved lead at the break.

Werder came out fighting in the second half, however, and brought the game level just after the hour. Junuzovic's corner was flicked on by substitute Jerome Gondorf and Theodor Gebre Selassie smashed home from close range. Just one minute later, Hoffenheim should have been ahead again, but Pavlenka produced an outstanding save to thwart Andrej Kramaric. Hoffenheim's Kevin Vogt and Bremen's Gondorf then produced two incredible clearances in a frantic end to the contest.

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