Preview - Werder Bremen vs Borussia Dortmund 22 February 20

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Match Day 23
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund
Saturday, February 22nd 2020
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)

Werder Bremen:
Last five matches form: W L L L L
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 2.32
Top Scorer: Milot Rashica (7)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form:  W W W L W
Average goals per match: 2.86
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Jadon Sancho (13)

Fresh from a home success over French Giants PSG in midweek, this weekend sees Borussia Dortmund back in Bundesliga action as they make the trip to the WESERSTADION to take on Werder Bremen.

Having led the way for much of last season only to be hauled in late, it is Dortmund who find themselves in the chasing pack this time around. Currently lying third, they need a win in this one to cut the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to four points.

Bremen meanwhile are in dire straits and look in serious danger of going down. Currently second bottom and five points adrift of safety, they are going to need to get their act together sooner rather than later.

There have been goals around in the recent games between theses sides, with both the game here last season and the reverse fixture in the current campaign ending in a 2-2 draw. The most recent meeting came here in the cup only a couple of weeks ago - Bremen coming out on top 3-2 in that one.

Philipp Bargfrede, Kevin Möwald and Niclas Füllkrug are out injured for the home side, whilst Maximilian Eggestein misses out through suspension. Julian Brandt and Marco Reus are out for Dortmund.

Bremen head into this seeking to avoid a fifth league defeat on the spin. It's been even worse at home, with losses in each of their last five here and only one win in front of their own fans all season. The fact they have conceded two or more in eight of ten would be of particular concern against Dortmund.

It's been very mixed for Dortmund on the road, with four wins, four defeats and three draws from their eleven fixtures. They have scored two or more in seven of eleven overall, but showed their defensive frailty in a 4-3 loss at Leverkusen in their most recent away fixture.

This game regularly seems to turn into a shootout, and whilst Bremen won the last one, we will take Dortmund - with an on-fire Erling Håland (eight goals in five games) - to come away with the points this time.

Prediction: Werder Bremen 2 - 4 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 8 - 12
Shots on target: 2 - 6
Corner Kicks:  2 - 6
Possession: 36% - 64%

No bookings in this one as referee Marco Fritz kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

A deserved win for Dortmund having come out ahead in terms of possession, territory, total shots and shots on target. The league table suggested that Bremen may be a little overmatched here, and at times it showed.

Bremen did have the best early chance though. Omer Toprak stretching to get on the end of a free kick in from the right but only able to stab his volley wide.

And really there wasn't too much else from an attacking perspective from either side in the opening period. Goalless at the interval.

Dortmund started to assert in the second half - Erling Haaland firing a warning shot when driving wide of the near post, via a deflection.

The visitors then did take the lead from the resulting corner. The ball swung in from the left and Dan Zagadou volleying home into the right-hand side from around six yards out and central.

Of course it wouldn't be a Dortmund game these days without a Haaland goal, and the on-fire Norwegian duly got himself on the score-sheet in the 66th minute. Achraf Hakimi played in in the right of the area and cutting the ball back from the touchline. Nice movement from Haaland who fired home into the right-hand side from around seven yards out to the right.

Bremen didn't threaten to get back into it from there. 0-2 final score.

No progress for Werder Bremen this week then. They lie second bottom and five points adrift of safety.  Solid win on the road from Dortmund to keep themselves in the title race. They stay third and four points behind league leaders Bayern Munich.

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