Warm weather training camps are over; fans anticipating their return to the stands. It is the return of the Bundesliga, with a brilliant game to look forward to on Saturday evening.
The Weserstadion will host Werder Bremen against Borussia Dortmund, which promises to be an entertaining, attack minded game.
Werder Bremen are currently languishing in 12th place, with inconsistency their problem this season. Despite looking bright in attack, they have failed to win back to back matches in the Bundesliga this season.
That bright attack is what they will rely on as they seek to gain a positive result against Borussia Dortmund. On loan Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been the star performer for Bremen so far this season, scoring four goals and claiming five assists. With his attack mindedness combined with fellow goal scoring midfielder Aaron Hunt, and Nils Petersen spearheading their attack, the home side will be confident of causing problems to Dortmund’s defence. Petersen, on loan from Bayern Munich, has scored seven goals in the league and will be looking to add to his tally come the weekend.
Borussia Dortmund have been busy in the transfer window; in keeping their players. Several of their high profile stars such as, Neven Subotić, Marcel Schmelzer and Sven Bender have put pen to paper on signing new contracts. After their spectacular performance in the Champions League, Europe’s elite clubs were looking to poach some of their best talents, but the extensions have shown that the players believe Dortmund are a stable club and one with a bright future.
One addition to their ranks is a former player, Nuri Şahin. After a disappointing spell with Real Madrid, then on loan at Liverpool, the Turkish international has come back to the Westfalenstadion on an 18 month loan deal. If Şahin can find the form that he once showed at Dortmund in his first spell, then this could prove to be a great bit of business for BVB.
Similar to their hosts, Dortmund’s enthralling, fast pace attacking play is where their strengths lie. In Mario Götze and Marco Reus, Dortmund possess some of the brightest young talents in world football.
The visitors will be missing Neven Subotić through injury, though. He is expected to be side-lined for around six weeks.
The attacking verve each of these sides bring to their game promises a high tempo, goal scoring encounter. Though, with Werder Bremen’s porous defence, Borussia Dortmund should come away with the victory.
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