Werder Bremen and Heidenheim are close in the Bundesliga standings, only two points apart, as they prepare for their match this Saturday at Weserstadion.
Both teams have not lost in their last seven league games, but Werder Bremen has been gaining more points than the newcomers lately.
Werder Bremen’s last loss in the league was in early December to Stuttgart, following a defeat by Bayer Leverkusen.
Since then, Werder has won four out of their last seven matches, including three straight wins before this game.
One notable victory was against Bayern Munich, their first win there since 2008, boosting their confidence for subsequent wins over Freiburg and Mainz.
This weekend, they play at home, where they’ve been strong, getting seven points from their last three games there.
With five of their seven wins at home, another victory would keep Heidenheim below them in the standings.
Heidenheim, in their first season in the top division, has impressed under Frank Schmidt, who has been with them since 2007.
Their first Bundesliga win was against Werder Bremen, and they’ll look to repeat that success.
However, with four straight draws, Heidenheim needs to turn those into wins to aim higher in the standings.
Still, staying above the relegation zone is a success, with a comfortable gap from the danger spots.
Werder Bremen Bundesliga form: D D D W W W
Heidenheim Bundesliga form: W W D D D D
Leonardo Bittencourt might play despite being sick. Leon Opitz and Milos Veljkovic are close to returning, but Amos Pieper is out until April with a broken ankle.
Elidon Qenaj and Thomas Keller are definitely missing this game, while Denis Thomalla might join the Heidenheim team.
Eren Dinkci, who scored twice in their last meeting, aims to repeat his performance as Heidenheim looks to break their draw streak.
Werder Bremen possible starting lineup:
Stark, Friedl, Jung;
Weiser, Schmid, Stage, Agu;
Heidenheim possible starting lineup:
Traore, Mainka, Gimber, Fohrenbach;
Dinkci, Pieringer, Beste;
Prediction: Werder Bremen 1-1 Heidenheim
The game at Weserstadion might end in a draw, likely a 1-1 score, continuing Heidenheim’s recent pattern of draws.