Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen 16 December 18

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Match Day 15
Borussia Dortmund vs. Werder Bremen
Sunday, December 16th 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.79
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer (10)

Werder Bremen:
Last five matches form: L L D L W
Average goals per match: 1.71
Average goals against per match: 1.64
Top Scorer: Maximilian Eggestein (4)

Seven points clear and roaring along at the Bundesliga summit, Borussia Dortmund are looking like a side who are going to take a bit of reeling in in the race for the title. Next up its this home game against another of the traditional giants of the German game as ninth placed Werder Bremen come to town.

Werder upset Dortmund in this game last season when coming away with a 2-1 win. The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw. Little to choose between the sides overall last term then.

Borussia Dortmund are in the fortunate position of having a fully fit squad from which to select here. Werder Bremen aren't so lucky, with Philipp Bargfrede, Milos Veljkovic, Fin Bartels, Stefanos Kapino and Aron Jóhannsson all expected to sit this one out.

Borussia Dortmund appear to be doing their best Bayern Munich impersonation so far this season and head into this game unbeaten in their first 14 fixtures, with 11 wins and three draws. They have won six of seven at home, scoring two or more goals in every game.

Werder do at least head into the  game on the back of a positive result, with a 3-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf last time out bringing a five game winless streak to an end. They have lost only two of six on the road so far this season, at Stuttgart and Mainz.

Bremen will be the fresher side having not been in European action in midweek. That is about the only factor in their favour though and we don't see it being enough to avoid defeat here. They have scored in ten of their last eleven on the road though so may not make things easy.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2 - 1 Werder Bremen


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  17 - 9
Shots on target: 11 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 10
Possession: 49% - 51%

Sebastian Langkamp, Martin Harnik, Kevin Mohwald and Josh Sargent were all booked for Werder Bremen in this one, with Thomas Delaney being the sole Dortmund player to have his name taken by referee Guido Winkmann.

Dortmund perhaps weren't quite so dominant as they have been at times this season, but this game did come at the end of a busy Champions League week and despite the narrow margin of victory they were still comfortably the better side on the night and full value for the three points.

Dortmund had already gone close prior to taking the lead in the 19th minute via the simplest of goals. Raphael Guerreiro swinging in a free kick from the right to find prolific Paco Alcacer totally unmarked around eight yards out towards the near post. Bullet header from Alcacer into the bottom right.

The second came just eight minutes later. Marco Reus to Jadon Sancho in the right side of the eighteen-yard box. Sancho back to Reus around twelve yards out and to the right-hand side. Reus with a perfectly placed finish into the bottom left.

Werder to their credit did get themselves back into this before the break though. It was a screamer too. A cross from the right being cleared by Dortmund but headed inside by Ludwig Augustinsson to find Max Kruse who unleashed a twenty plus yard thunderbolt of a volley into the top left corner. 2-1 after 35 minutes and that's the way we headed into the break.

All Borussia after the interval. They were unable to build on their lead though. Jadon Sancho missing the best of their chances when played clean through but seeing his effort saved by the legs of keeper Jiri Pavlenka. 2-1 final score.

The Borussia bandwagon marches on then. Still unbeaten after 15 games, they sit nine points clear at the top of the table. Will they be able to hold off the chasing pack, including Bayern Munich in the second half of the season? Werder Bremen stay ninth and seven points off those Champions League positions.

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