Werder Bremen vs Wolfsburg
Wohninvest WESERSTADION, Bremen
Sunday, 07-06-2020 @2:30pm
Bremen’s hopes of safety were hit by a 3-0 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday evening, when a win would have moved them out of the Bundesliga‘s automatic relegation places.
But they now remain in 17th, two points behind Fortuna Dusseldorf in the relegation play-off spot with five games left – and their fixtures aren’t easy.
First up, this weekend, are Wolfsburg who are still fighting a battle of their own, trying to secure Europa League football for next season.
The Wolves are sixth currently – the last guaranteed European spot in the Bundesliga, but are only ahead of Hoffenheim on goal difference, meaning points are still required.
Bremen will also have to fight against the Bundesliga‘s poor home record since the league went behind closed doors, as well as their own, without a win in their last 12 games at the Weser-Stadion.
However, they do boast a good record against Wolfsburg, unbeaten in their last eight league meetings, including four straight home wins.
Bremen are still missing a number of first-team players, with Omer Toprak, Kevin Mohwald, Niclas Fullkrug, Claudio Pizarro and Nuri Sahin all expected to miss out through injury this weekend. Leonardo Bittencourt and Milot Rashica were both named on the bench against Frankfurt on Wednesday but should return here, while the same could also be said for American youngster Joshua Sargent. Sweden international Ludwig Augustinsson is expected to shake off a muscular problem to start, while Milos Veljkovic is available after suspension and is also in line to return.
As for Wolfsburg, William, Ignacio Camacho and Paulo Otavio remain on the treatment table, while Renato Steffen is unavailable through suspension. Yannick Gerhardt could feature despite a facial injury, while Amir Mehmedi and Joshua Guilavogui are both pushing to be involved, having both overcome recent injuries. There are not expected to be many surprises in the away side’s XI this weekend, with Josip Brekalo again expected to support Wout Weghorst in the final third of the field.
Bremen defeated Wolfsburg 3-2 when the two sides first met this season.
The other Bundesliga games on Sunday
-Union Berlin vs Schalke @4:30pm
-Augsburg vs Koln @7pm
Match-day 30 Results so far
-Freiburg 1-0 Monchengladbach
-Leipzig 1-1 Paderbon
-Frankfurt 0-2 Mainz
-Leverkusen 2-4 Bayern
-Dusseldorf 2-2 Hoffenheim