Werder Bremen vs Augsburg: Team News, Prediction, Lineups

The Bundesliga’s Werder Bremen will be hosting Augsburg on Friday. The home team has fared better than expected in their return to Germany’s top division, while the away team is sitting in the relegation playoff place.

Werder Bremen vs. Augsburg Match Preview

Certainly, after overcoming Bundesliga’s first challenge. Due to their first relegation in 41 years the season before last, Bremen was predicted to struggle in Division 2.

It’s still possible, but after collecting eight points in their first five games, it seems unlikely.

With seven goals scored in the last five minutes of their past four matches, adding another six points to their total, Ole Werner’s team is proving to be the kings of scoring late goals.

How long that lasts, if at all, is out in the air, but it does show that there is a rising sense of hope and determination in the camp.

Niclas Fullkrug, 29, is a striker who was clearly born to score goals, as seen by his five goals in five games (including a late brace away to VfL Bochum last weekend) and another critical victory for his team.

Werner’s primary striker is on fire, therefore the team is hopeful of defeating Augsburg on Friday and moving up to fifth place in the league.

Four of Augsburg’s first five league games under Enrico Maassen’s watch ended in defeat, thus the pressure is on for him to rapidly reverse the team’s downward spiral.

This is the fourth time in Fuggerstadter’s previous five matches that they have only challenged the opponent goalie twice or fewer times (they had one shot on target in their last home encounter against Hertha Berlin).

As a result, the outcome was never in question as Dodi Lukebakio dipped low and headed the ball past Rafal Gikiewicz three minutes before the hour mark.

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At the very end of regulation time, David Selke broke free and selflessly sent the ball to Marco Richter, who promptly scored his first goal after overcoming testicular cancer.

Maassen could really use a forward of Richter’s caliber back at the club right now, but he’ll have to make do with what he’s got and make Augsburg a lot more successful attacking unit if he doesn’t want to be fired soon. Friday’s trip to goal-happy Bremen is a hard proposition.

Werder Bremen vs. Augsburg Team News

For this match, Bremen may not make any changes to the starting lineup that played in Bochum last time out, particularly considering the team’s current injury worries.

As of right now, Jean Manuel Mbom, Dikeni Salifou, and Eren Dinkci are all out, while Lee Buchanan, Leonardo Bittencourt, and Jens Stage are all questionable but might be called to the bench if they make recoveries.

After winning a penalty in a crucial cameo against Bochum, Oliver Burke will likely be deployed late in the game once again.

However, Augsburg only used eight of their nine available subs against Hertha because of their ongoing injury problems.

The following players will not be making the journey to Bremen: Reece Oxford, Noah Sarenren Bazee, Tobias Strobl, Felix Uduokhai, Niklas Dorsch, and Frederik Winther; Iago, Fredrik Jensen, and Arne Maier are questionable.

If Maier’s ankle injury prevents him from starting, Julian Baumgartlinger would likely start in the middle, and Ruben Vargas could come in for Elvis Rexhbecaj as Maassen tries to find a way to get his team more goals.

  • A Potential Starting Lineup for Werder Bremen May Look Like This: Pavlenka, Pieper, Veljkovic, Friedl, Weiser, Schmidt, Gross, Schmid, Jung, Fullkrug, Ducksch.
  • Contenders to Start for Augsburg: Gikiewicz, Bauer, Gouweleeuw, Gumny, Caligiuri, Baumgartlinger, Gruezo, Pedersen, Vargas, Demirovic, Berisha.

Our Review Werder Bremen 2-1 Augsburg

We do not expect that streak to stop on Friday night, as Werder Bremen have scored two or even more goals during each of their five Bundesliga games so far this season.

Of course, Augsburg’s offensive opponents might be more receptive, allowing them to score, but we still anticipate a win for Bremen for the second game in a row.

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