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Mar 10, 2021 at 5.30pm UK at Bielefelder Alm
Arminia BielefeldArminia Bielefeld
0-2
Werder BremenWerder Bremen

Pieper (90+6')
de Medina (71')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Sargent (47'), Mohwald (75')
Friedl (35'), Eggestein (87')

Preview: Arminia Bielefeld vs. Werder Bremen - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Bundesliga clash between Arminia Bielefeld and Werder Bremen, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Arminia Bielefeld take on Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Wednesday after last month's scheduled meeting between the two sides was postponed due to heavy snowfall.

Both teams drew at the weekend, with Arminia consequently remaining in the relegation zone while losing ground on Hertha Berlin after Pal Dardai's side beat Augsburg.


Match preview

Arminia Bielefeld's Manuel Prietl celebrates their first goal against Bayern Munich in October 2020© Reuters

Avoiding defeat is never a bad outcome for Arminia given that they are averaging less than one point per game in their first season back in the Bundesliga, but Frank Kramer may have considered Sunday's 0-0 draw against a Union Berlin side missing several first-team players as a missed opportunity in his first game in charge.

The 48-year-old, who has previously managed Greuther Furth and Fortuna Dusseldorf, replaced Uwe Neuhaus last week with the unenviable task of keeping Arminia in the division.

In truth, his side never really looked like beating Union Berlin, with the visitors enjoying greater possession and Marius Bulter and Keita Endo spurning a couple of decent chances in the second half.

With two tough games against Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig following Wednesday's game in hand against Bremen, Kramer will certainly be looking for his first win, which would take them out of the relegation zone and above Hertha.

Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt pictured on February 13, 2021© Reuters

Bremen will certainly have something to say about that, though, having lost only one of their last six league games to move nine points clear of Arminia and the relegation zone.

Florian Kohfeldt's side were seven minutes away from achieving two consecutive victories having led through Joshua Sargent's goal after the hour mark in Cologne on Sunday, but substitute Jonas Hector struck to earn a 1-1 draw for FC Koln.

However, Kohfeldt will sense an opportunity to put any concerns of being involved in another relegation battle firmly to bed by beating Arminia on Wednesday and moving 12 points clear of danger with only 10 games remaining.

The 38-year-old will certainly be demanding that his players retain the ball more effectively, though, having had only 31% possession in both of their last two matches. Equally, Kohfeldt may be content for his side to hit Arminia in transition should they find themselves behind the ball, particularly if they can manufacture a lead to hold onto.

Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga form:
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • D

Werder Bremen Bundesliga form:
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D

Werder Bremen form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D


Team News

Werder Bremen's Davie Selke celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates pictured on January 23, 2021© Reuters

Arminia may be without Sergio Cordova and Cebio Soukou with minor knocks, but both should return to first-team action this month.

Should Cordova be ruled out of Wednesday's match against Bremen, Ritsu Doan is likely to return to the starting XI, having only been used from the substitutes' bench in the weekend's draw with Union Berlin.

Bremen, meanwhile, will likely travel to Bielefeld without Michael Zetterer due to an elbow injury, but otherwise Kohfeldt looks to have a clean bill of health to select from.

The 38-year-old may be tempted to freshen things up after Sunday's draw with Koln, but is more likely to go with the same XI again.

Arminia Bielefeld possible starting lineup:
Ortega; Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson, Laursen; Hartel, Prietl; Doan, Vlap, Okugawa; Klos

Werder Bremen possible starting lineup:
Pavlenka; Veljkovic, Toprak, Friedl; Gebre Selassie, Eggestein, Mohwald, Augustinsson; Sargent; Rashica, Fullkrug


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We say: Arminia Bielefeld 0-1 Werder Bremen

We can envisage Bremen narrowly edging a low-scoring affair on Wednesday, with Kramer likely to require more time to effectively impose his methods onto his new players.

A crazy 3-3 draw at Bayern Munich aside, Arminia are desperately struggling to score goals at present, with Bremen generally representing a stubborn low-block opponent under Kohfeldt.



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11Augsburg2996142942-1333
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13Werder Bremen2979133347-1430
14Mainz 052877143048-1828
15Arminia Bielefeld2976162246-2427
16Hertha Berlin2868143448-1426
17FC Koln2958162753-2623
18Schalke 04Schalke2927201875-5713

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