Werder Bremen vs Eintracht Frankfurt: probable teams, match stats and LIVE blog!

Niclas Füllkrug and Mario Götze will be hoping to play key roles when unbeaten Werder Bremen take on winless Eintracht Frankfurt at the Weserstadion on Sunday (kick-off: 5.30pm CEST).

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Werder maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a stunning 3-2 victory against 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund last weekend, substitute Oliver Burke scoring the all-important goal in injury time. As a result, Ole Werner’s squad morale is high ahead of Sunday’s visit to Eintracht. BVB’s win meant the Green-Whites became the first team in Bundesliga history to recover from a two-goal deficit in the 89th minute and still score three points. “We took that flow we had in the second division and continued seamlessly [into the Bundesliga]”, said full-back Anthony Jung. Marvin Ducksch is yet to score his tenure but is expected to continue in attack alongside Füllkrug, who – like super sub Burke – has scored two of his side’s seven goals. Right-back Mitchell Weiser is still expected to feature despite picking up a slight thigh bump in training midweek, and Felix Agu could replace him if needed.

After their winless start to the current campaign, Eintracht have now gone 11 top-flight matches without a win, a streak dating back to March 13. The Eagles unveiled a new loan signing from Paris Saint-Germain, midfielder Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe, during the week and the 21-year-old could be in line for his first glimpse of Bundesliga action. “It’s up to me to adapt, to get into the German style of play and to get used to the system and the demands of the coach,” said the player, who likes to be simply called ‘Junior’. Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp reaffirmed his commitment to Die Adler by publicly rejecting an offer from Manchester United. Randal Kolo Muani – with a goal and an assist already this season – could lead the line at the expense of Rafael Borre. FIFA World Cup winner Götze, Daichi Kamada and Jesper Lindstrom are among the options to attack the midfielder as Eintracht seek momentum for their maiden UEFA Champions League campaign days after learning their group opponents.

Look: Highlights of Bremen’s historic victory at Dortmund

Match statistics

  • Burke has had two shots on goal this Bundesliga season which resulted in two goals in the fifth minute of injury time.
  • Bremen’s four goals from substitutes this season is more than any other team has managed.
  • For the first time in Bundesliga history, three substitutes were on target when Bremen scored three against BVB on Matchday 3.
  • Götze scored six Bundesliga goals against Bremen, and only more against Hamburg (seven).
  • Eintracht’s 11 Bundesliga games without a win (seven draws, four losses) is the team’s second-longest such streak.
  • Eintracht have won more top-flight games against Werder (36) than against any other Bundesliga club.

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Probable teams

Bremen: Pavlenka – Pieper, Veljkovic, Friedl (c) – Weiser, Bittencourt, Groß, Stage, Jung – Füllkrug, Ducksch
Out: Dinkci (fitness match), Mbom (Achilles), Salifou (abductor)
Doubtful:
Coach: Ole Werner

Frankfurt: Trapp – Tuta, Hasebe, Ndicka – Knauff, Rode (c), Sow, Pellegrini – Gotze, Lindstrom – Kolo Muani
Out: Buta (knee), Touré (muscular)
Doubtful: Hrustic (thigh), Onguene (thigh)
Coach: Olivier Glasner


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