This is the 57th season since the Bundesliga was introduced in 1963-64. Bremen have been involved in 56 of them, one more than Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV. They’ve won it four times, too, so it’s pretty shocking to see the mess they’re in.
Bremen are without their top scorer Milot Rashica, who picked up an ankle injury against Frankfurt on Wednesday.
Werder Bremen (4-1-3-2) Pavlenka; Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Augustinsson; Vogt; Bargfrede, M Eggelstein, Klaasen; Sargent, Osako.
Substitutes: Kapino, Lang, Langkamp, Friedl, Bittencourt, Bartels, Gross, Selke, Woltemade.
Wolfsburg (4-2-3-1) Casteels; Mbabu, Pongracic, Brooks, Rousillon; Schlager, Arnold; Mehmedi, Brekalo, Victor; Weghorst.
Substitutes: Pervan, Knoche, Tisserand, Klaus, Gerhardt, Guilavogui, Justvan, Marmoush, Ginczek.
Hello. The absence of crowds has obliterated home advantage since the Bundesliga returned, but Werder Bremen didn’t have much of that in the first place. Their abysmal home form this season – 14 games, one win, 10 defeats – is the reason they are in serious danger of a shock relegation, so the fact that three of their last five games are at the Weserstadion is not a good thing.
Bremen have won both away games since the restart, and taken one point from three home games. They got a decent 0-0 draw against Gladbach, but reverted to type when they were plugged 3-0 by Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday. It’s pretty simple: if their home form doesn’t improve quicksmart, they will go down.
Wolfsburg have had the same problem in the last month: two defeats at home, two wins away. They are in a good position to qualify for the Europa League, and will move back up to sixth if they get at least a point today. As they are away from home, they’ll fancy their chances.
Kick off 12.30pm BST, 1.30pm CEST.