Date: Saturday 21st January Venue: Weserstadion Competition: Bundesliga KO: 14.30
Werder Breman are without Florian Grillitsch, Philipp Bargfrede and Zlatko Junuzovic for the visit of Borussia Dortmund.
Claudio Pizarro and Max Kruse will be up front for Bremen.
Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is away on international duty so Adrian Ramos and Andre Schurrle will replace him up front.
Sven Bender and Roman Burki are injured so will miss the game.
Bremen are struggling in fifteenth place but have put their early season troubles behind them and are unbeaten in five games. They will fancy their chances against a Dortmund team who are not great on the road and without Aubameyang.
Thomas Tuchel’s men beat Paderborn in a mid-season friendly 6-1 in mid-week and looked in great nick. They need to start picking up victories if they are to rise up the table and get into the Champions League places let alone challenge Bayern Munich for the title.
Dortmund have won five of the last six games against Bremen.
Bremen are three points off the relegation zone.
Dortmund’s top goalscorer Aubameyang is currently on international duty with Gabon at the African Cup of Nations.
Bremen: Drobny – Bauer, Sane, Mosander, S. Garcia – Fritz, Delaney – Bartels, Gnabry – Kruse, Pizarro
Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer – Castro, Weigl – Götze, Kagawa, Schürrle – Reus
Prediction: Bremen 1-2 Dortmund