Werder Bremen play hosts to Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Weserstadion on August 17, 2019.
SV Werder Bremen was founded in 1899 and they have been a mainstay of the Bundesliga 1 for the most part of their history. Bremen has won the Bundesliga 1 championship four times and they have also won the DFB-Pokal a total of six times. Their last Bundesliga titles came in 2004 when they won a double while their last German Cup triumph was in 2009. Bremen was also the 1992 European Cup Winners Cup champions and they reached the final match of the UEFA Cup in 2009. Although they’ve had plenty of success abroad, they have not played in a European tournament since 2011.
Here are the players for Werder Bremen as of August 13, 2019:
GK Jiri Pavlenka, 5 DF Ludwig Augustinsson, 6 MF Kevin Mohwald, 7 MF Milot Rashica, 8 FW Yuya Osako, 9 FW Martin Harnik, 11 FW Niclas Fullkrug, 13 DF Milos Velijkovic, 14 FW Claudio Pizzaro, 15 DF Sebastian Langkamp, 17 MF Nuri Sahin, 18 DF Niklas Moisander (captain), 19 FW Josh Sargent, 21 DF Omer Toprak (on loan from Borussia Dortmund), 22 MF Fin Bartels, 23 DF Theodor Gebre Selassie, 24 FW Johannes Effestein, 27 GK Stefanos Kapino, 30 MF Davy Klaassen, 32 DF Marco Friedl, 35 MF Maximilian Eggestein, 40 GK Luca Plogmann, 44 MF Philipp Bargfrede
Odds from Titanbet.com as of 8/14/19
Fortuna Dusseldorf was founded in 1895 and entered the German Football League in 1913. The club was a permanent fixture in the top-flight competition from the 1920s to the creation of the Bundesliga in 1963. During the 2018/18 season, Fortuna Dusseldorf beat FC Nurnberg 3-2 to secure the top spot and win the 2.Division Championship. That win led to a return to Bundesliga 1 in 2018/19, their 24th overall and first since 2012/13. They finished 10th in the final table last season and are looking to improve on that this year. Fortuna Dusseldorf is the soccer betting underdogs against Werder Bremen.
Here is a list of players for Fortuna Dusseldorf as of August 8, 2019:
1GK Michael Rensing, 3 DF Andre Hoffman, 4 DF Kasim Nuhu (on loan from Hoffenheim), 5 DF Kaan Ayhan (4th captain), 6 MF Alfredo Morales, 7 MF Oliver Fink (captain), 8 MF Aymen Barkok (on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt) 9 FW David Kownacki (on loan from Sampdoria), 11 MF Kenan Karaman, 12 GK Jannick Theiben, 13 DF Adam Bodzek, (3rd captain), 14 MF Kelvin Ofori, 15 MF Erik Thommy (on loan from Vfb Stuttgart), 18 MF Thomas Pledl, 19 MFDavor Lovren, 21 FW Emir Kujovic, 23 DF niko Giebelmann, 24 Zach Steffen (on loan from Manchester City), 25 DF Matthias Zimmerman, 26 DF Diego Contento, 27 FW Opoku Ampomah, 28 FW Rouwen Hennings, 29 DF Markus Suttner, 30 GK Raphael Wolf, 31 MF Marcel Sobottka (vice-captain), 32 Robin Bormuth, 33 GK Florian Kastenmeier, 34 MF Lewis Baker (on loan from Chelsea), 37 FW Bernard Tekpetey (on loan from Schalke), 38 GK Tim Wisener, 30 DF Jean Zimmer, 40 DF Johannes Buhler
Fortuna Dusseldorf was one of the surprises of the Bundesliga 1 last season. After making a return to the top flight, they lost six straight games but recovered in an impressive turnaround which included a win over Borussia Dortmund as part of a four-game winning streak last December. They lost Dodi Lukebakio last summer and while they added some new and exciting prospects, beating Werder Bremen may be as tough as retaining their 11th place finish last season.
Werder Bremen is 6-2-2 SU in their last 10 games played and they are 4-1-0 SU in their last five games played at home. Fortuna Dusseldorf is 4-1-5 SU in their last 10 games played and they are 1-1-3 SU in their last five games played away from home. Head to head, Werder Bremen is 3-3-2 SU in their last eight games played against Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Bremen came so close to returning to Europe after a nine-year absence. The Die Werderaner was one point away from making the UEFA Europa League qualification in the last term and Florian Kohfeldt has been rewarded a contract extension after doing a wonderful job since replacing Alexander Nouri.
With little activity in the transfer market, we should expect continuity from Werder Bremen. Niclas Füllkrug returns from Hannover and several young stars have earned contracts. Claudio Pizzaro will be playing his final season and I expect him to go out on a blaze of glory. I’m picking Werder Bremen to beat Fortuna Dusseldorf in this match. Prediction: Werder Bremen