Werder Bremen vs Stuttgart Preview Nov. 27th

by Punter's Hero on November 27, 2011

in Football, Latest News

Werder Bremen will host Stuttgart on Nov. 27th at Weser Stadion in a huge game for both teams in the German Bundesliga. Werder Bremen sits in fifth place in the league with 23 points from seven wins, two draws and four losses while Stuttgart is right behind them with 21 points from six wins, three draws and four losses.

Bremen was embarrassed last week as they were pounded 5-0 by league leaders Borussia Monchengladbach while Stuttgart just managed to squeak past last-place team Augsburg 2-1.

Bremen is pretty tough at home though and has won five out of their six matches in front of their faithful fans. Stuttgart has struggled somewhat in their away matches as they’ve won only two of their six road games. However, they’ve only lost two of them as well with the other pair ending in draws.

Werder Bremen manager Thomas Schaaf said that he doesn’t think Claudio Pizarro will be able to play in the game against Stuttgart. Earlier in the week he said that Pizarro’s knee injury could keep him out for the rest of the season, but now says the injury isn’t as bad as he thought. It’s possible that he could still be in the lineup for the game, but it’s doubtful.
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Schaaf will definitely miss his leading goal scorer if Pizarro misses the match and if he can’t play then look for either Sandro Wagner or Markus Rosenberg to play up front in his place.

Of course, Stuttgart manager Bruno Labbadia will be happy if his side doesn’t have to face Pizarro, but said his team needs to play to its strengths to win the game. He realizes his players will have to expose Bremen’s weaknesses.

Bremen may regret their sale of Martin Harnik over to Stuttgart as he’s being playing well and has forced his way into the lineup by becoming a regular in his short time there.

Look for Harnik to start up front along with Cacau. However, Labbadia won’t know until game time if Shinji Okazaki will be able to play because of a dead leg.

Stuttgart has beaten Bremen just once in their last five meetings, but it was an emphatic 6-0 victory at home last November. Two of the games ended in draws and Bremen won the other two, including 4-0 and 2-0 wins. Their last meeting was in April in Bremen and it ended in a 1-1 draw. In their last five games overall, Bremen has won two, lost two and drawn one while Stuttgart has won two, drawn two and lost one.

This game should produce a few goals and don’t be surprised if Stuttgart goes home with a one-goal victory.

Sportsbook William Hill has listed the odds of a Werder Bremen win at 6/5 and a Stuttgart victory at 23/10. A draw is also listed at 23/10.

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