Professionals | 09/03/2018

Match Preview: SV Werder Bremen

Monday Night Football

1. FC Köln will play on the road at the Weserstadion on Monday to face SV Werder Brmen. FC will have to be wary against a team that is starting to regain good form.

SV Werder Bremen has put together a stretch of results to give themselves some breathing space from the relegation battle at the bottom of the Bundesliga standings. With just one loss in their last six Bundesliga matches (3 wins, 2 draws), Bremen has done well since Florian Kohfeldts took over the reigns. Bremen are undefeated at home under their new coach (5 wins, 3 draws).

34 wins against Bremen

The overall record between these two teams in the Bundesliga is more or less even. FC have won 34 of the 91 Bundesliga meetings, compared to the 33 wins for Bremen. The earlier match this season ended in a 0-0 draw, although FC had numerous chances to go in front. Bremen have not won in eight matches against FC, with six out of the last eight ending in a draw.

Emotional return for Pizarro

The last Bremen victory over FC came back in November 2011 when Werder found themselves behind with a score of 0-2. It was Claudio Pizarro who responded with a hattrick to secure the three points for his then-club. It will be an emotional return for Pizarro to the Weserstadion on Monday, where he scored 104 Bundesliga goals in 206 matches for Brmen. He is the record goalscorer of the club.

Options for Ruthenbeck

Christian Clemens returned to FC team training this week, giving FC head coach Stefan Ruthenbeck yet another option in attack. “He is an additional player for the flanks, so it gives us another tactical variation,” said Ruthenbeck. The FC head coach should also be able to rely on the services of Marco Höger, who seems to be something like a Werder Bremen specialist. In eight matches, Höger has never lost against Bremen.

FC strong in attack

Only Bayern Munich have scored more league goals than 1. FC Köln since the turn of the year. It is the conversation rate, however, that leaves much to be desired for FC fans. Only three of the last eight big chances were scored. On the other side, FC have one of the safest hands in the league. Timo Horn’s mistake in the previous match against Stuttgart might stick out, but he still leads the league in saves with an astonishing 102 saves thus far this season.

Match Details

Kick off at the Weserstadion on Monday is scheduled for 20:30 CET.
Benjmain Brand will be the senior referee.

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