Manuel Veth –
Dortmund vs Werder Bremen – Saturday, September 28, 17:30BST/18:30CEST – SIGNAL IDUNA Park, Dortmund, Germany
Borussia Dortmund will look to overcome yet another frustrating result when they host Werder Bremen on Saturday for the Topspiel. Twice Dortmund had the lead against Eintracht Frankfurt last Sunday and both times the Black and Yellows threw the lead away needlessly.
It was overall a mediocre performance against Frankfurt, made even frustrating in the context that Dortmund were excellent just a few days prior against Barcelona. It is almost like Dortmund need to play against top opposition to get the maximum of a side that is second to none in the Bundesliga in terms of talent.
Overall, Dortmund collected 31 points out of the 12 games against the top seven in the Bundesliga last season, more than any other team in Germany. But against bottom sides, Dortmund struggle, no other top club in Germany dropped more points against teams from the bottom of the table than Dortmund.
“When it comes to creed we still have room for improvement,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said this week. At least at home, Dortmund have been phenomenal under head coach Lucien Favre. The Black and Yellows have scored at least two goals in all 19 games at home under Favre. “At home, we feel most comfortable,” goalkeeper Roman Bürki said this week.
Not good news for a Werder Bremen side struggling with injuries this season. Without the injured Yuya Osako and Niclas Füllkrug Werder will miss their two best strikers for the foreseeable future. “We still have qualities in the attack,” sporting director Frank Baumann said this week.
Against Leipzig, however, that quality was not visible and even against a Dortmund side in danger of switching off Werder will have trouble to find the goal. Hence, on balance, Dortmund will be the favourites to win the game at home, likely in convincing fashion.
Dortmund vs Werder Bremen – Players to look out for:
Mario Götze #10 – Borussia Dortmund
With Champions League games around the corner, the game against Werder Bremen could be a perfect opportunity for Favre to rotate his side. One candidate could be Mario Götze, who could replace Paco Alcacer upfront. Alcacer, in particular, seemed lifeless against Frankfurt a week ago and with a crucial Champions League away trip to Slavia Praha just around the corner could receive a much-needed break.
Josh Sargent #19 – Werder Bremen
“I haven’t seen enough of Josh Sargent yet,” Ian Joy said on the latest Futbolgrad Gegenpressing Podcast. With Füllkrug out injured for the long-term, the 19-year-old American will be handed plenty of opportunities to succeed in the coming weeks and months. “He is a dangerous player,” Werder Bremen head coach Florian Kohfeldt said this week. “But I don’t want to burden him with too many responsibilities,” Kohfeldt added. Against Leipzig, Sargent lacked dangerous moments and has to improve his game to nail down a position in the starting XI.
Dortmund vs Werder Bremen – Match Stats
- Both Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen have collected 787 wins in the Bundesliga.
- Werder’s first-ever Bundesliga win came on the first matchday of the 1963/64 season against Dortmund.
- Borussia Dortmund’s home record against Werder Bremen: W32 D9 L10.
Futbolgrad Network Prediction: Dortmund vs Werder Bremen – 2-0
Dortmund vs Werder Bremen – Lineups
Bürki – Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro – Witsel, Delaney – Sancho, Reus, Brandt – Götze
Head Coach: Lucien Favre
Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie, Sahin, Groß – Lang, M. Eggestein, Friedl – Bittencourt, Klaassen – Sargent, Rashica
Head Coach: Florian Kohfeldt
Manuel Veth is the owner and Editor in Chief of the Futbolgrad Network. He also works as a freelance journalist and among others contributes to Forbes.com and Pro Soccer USA. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from King’s College London, and his thesis is titled: “Selling the People’s Game: Football’s transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States,” which is available HERE. Manuel has lived in Amsterdam, Kyiv, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, and currently splits his time between Victoria, BC and Munich, Germany. Follow Manuel on Twitter @ManuelVeth.