In the last home game of the year, there is no easy task for SV Werder Bremen. On Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3:30 p.m.) RB Leipzig are guests at the Weser Stadium. The Red Bulls have been in good shape for a few weeks and have won eight of their last nine competitive games. In the table, the Saxons are four points ahead of the promoted team from Bremen, who recently suffered a bitter 6-1 defeat at Bayern.

“You can’t choose the time and you will sometimes play against teams that are in a very good mood,” said Ole Werner before the assembled press conference on Friday morning. Leipzig have developed well since the draw in Mainz on matchday 9. “They appear very stable and also bring their individual quality to the pitch as a team,” praised the Werder coach. “But we’re concentrating on ourselves, we want to be the toughest opponents possible and we’ll do everything we can to get in the points.”

Felix Agu (patellar tendon problems), Jean-Manuel Mbom (Achilles tendon rupture) and Milos Veljkovic (Achilles tendon problems) are currently on Werder’s absentee list. Goal scorer Niclas Füllkrug, on the other hand, is an option again after recovering from a back injury. “We are flexible and will see what makes sense physically and mentally,” explained Werner, looking at the starting line-up. “I don’t think we’ll have seven or eight changes, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of one or the other player on the pitch who didn’t start in Munich.”

TW: Jiri Pavlenka – The number one had to concede nine goals in the last four league games.IV: Amos Pieper – In the back three, the right side is reserved for the newcomer from Bielefeld.IV: Niklas Stark – The ex-Berliner moves in for the ailing Veljkovic in the starting eleven.IV: Marco Friedl – The captain runs in the back three as usual on the left side.RM: Mitchell Weiser – In Munich, Weiser prepared the interim 1:1 equalization. The 28-year-old has a total of seven assists.DM: Ilia Gruev – Christian Groß and Gruev were in the starting line-up together in Munich, but only the latter could start on Saturday afternoon.LM: Anthony Jung – scored in the Allianz Arena the veteran scored his second goal of the season.OM: Romano Schmid – After his joker use during the week, the Austrian should be part of the starting lineup again.OM: Leonardo Bittencourt – Werner will probably also call up the native of Leipzig in the offensive midfield.MS: Niclas Füllkrug – after a short The forced break should be back in the starting eleven. Oliver Burke is the name of the alternative.MS: Marvin Ducksch – The ex-Dortmunder also runs in the dual leadership.

“We need a lot of energy in the Weser Stadium for the last few meters,” Marco Rose is fully aware of the difficulty of the task ahead. “The Hanseatic townspeople interpret, work and play excellent football.” The RB coach praised the previous season of the promoted team at the matchday press conference. “They act very aggressively and man-oriented against the ball, but they are also very dominant with the ball and are characterized by a good game idea.”

Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi (torn cruciate ligament), Timo Werner (torn syndesmosis ligament) and Konrad Laimer (training deficit) will definitely be out against Werder Bremen. There are also question marks over Mohamed Simakan (back problems), Abdou Diallo (knee injury) and Josko Gvardiol (broken nose). Lukas Klostermann is ready to play again after a long injury break. Gvardiol is about “seeing again whether he can play with a mask,” explained Rose. “We’ll see how he performs under stress and if he gets any pain when he’s moving intensely.”

TW: Janis Blaswich – The 31-year-old has been guarding the Red Bulls’ goal since Gulacsi was seriously injured.RV: Benjamin Henrichs – Henrichs could gain confidence on right-back.IV: Mohamed Simakan – If the youngster gives the green light, he should accumulate in the defense center. Gvardiol, if operational, is also an option.IV: Willi Orban – The veteran has his place in the center of defence.LV: David Raum – It is conceivable that the national player will replace Marcel Halstenberg in the starting XI.ZM: Xaver Schlager – ” Xaver is an important factor for us and for me. I know him well from my youth and have followed his path,” said Rose. “It was actually always clear that he would play in a big league.”CM: Kevin Kampl – Kampl and Amadou Haidara are available for the place next to Schlager.RA: Dominik Szoboszlai – The right flank is reserved for the Hungarian international .LA: Emil Forsberg – At the other end, Rose could make a change and have Forsberg in place of Dani Olmo.HS: Christopher Nkunku – “Christo has a world-class eye for goal, can be left footed, right footed and headed from any position The end is coming”, praised the RB coach. MS: André Silva – The ex-Frankfurter knew how to convince recently, but his goal tally in the current Bundesliga season (one goal) is still very disappointing.

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