[ClevPicks Prediction]: Dortmund vs. Werder Bremen: ?
Niclas Füllkrug and Werder Bremen's Bundesliga credentials are put to the test against Jude Bellingham and Borussia Dortmund.
When Borussia Dortmund plays Niclas Füllkrug's Werder Bremen on Saturday, Jude Bellingham will be in the forefront of their effort to maintain their undefeated start to the season (kick-off: 3.30pm CEST).
With only goal differential separating them from league leaders Bayern Munich, Edin Terzic's team welcomes newly promoted Bremen to the Signal Iduna Park after earning all three points in difficult matches against Bayer Leverkusen and Freiburg. In order to motivate their late comeback victory in the Black Forest last time, they did need the young supersubs Youssoufa Moukoko and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, who signed a new long-term agreement last week, to come off the bench. The two might have more time on the field this week to perform, but newcomer Anthony Modeste should lead the line once more as he seeks to score for BVB after relocating from Cologne.
In 180 minutes of their comeback to the top division after draws with Wolfsburg and Stuttgart, Bremen is also unblemished. Coach Ole Werner will be looking for a way to stop the tide at the back while preserving the clinical streak in front of goal that propelled them to promotion last season because they have scored twice in both games. In their last 11 away games, they have won eight and lost one. They also have a forward in Marvin Ducksch who, after making his Bundesliga debut in 2013/14, played for Dortmund with players like Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The muscular issue that required Dortmund-born Ducksch to practice alone for the majority of the week is "looking good," he claimed.
After two games, Bellingham has prevailed in 30 of his attempted challenges. Only three players have more victories in the league: Sasa Kalajdzic (31) of VfB Stuttgart, Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen, 32), and Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich, 31).
Werder has been Marco Reus' favorite opponent in 19 Bundesliga games, with 14 goals and 8 assists.
Terzic is the first Dortmund head coach to have nine straight victories in the Bundesliga.
Ducksch, a Dortmund native, played in his first six Bundesliga games for BVB, while Leonardo Bittencourt played in his first five.
In the 2020–21 DFB Cup semifinals, Werner was in charge of the Heidenheim team who fell to Dortmund 5-0.
In their previous 11 road games, Werder has only lost once (W8, D2).
Henrichs will play in the Bundesliga for the 100th time.
Dortmund: Kobel - Meunier, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro - Dahoud, Bellingham - Malen, Reus (c), Hazard - Modeste
Out: Haller (testicular cancer)
Doubtful: Rothe (hip)
Coach: Edin Terzic
Bremen: Pavlenka – Pieper, Veljkovic, Friedl (c) – Weiser, Bittencourt, Groß, Stage, Jung - Füllkrug, Ducksch
Out: Mbom (Achilles), Salifou (abductor)
Doubtful: Dinkci (match fitness)
Coach: Ole Werner
Although Leipzig clearly has superior individual talent, it is difficult to separate these two teams. However, Leipzig could suffer from Union Berlin's counterattacking strategy.
Therefore, it wouldn't be unexpected if Leipzig drew its third straight game, with both teams likely satisfied with that possible result.
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