Previous meetings: Saturday afternoon’s match will be the 97th time SVW and Effzeh have met in the Bundesliga, and their record up to this point has been fairly even. Werder have won 35 of these matches, 26 have ended in a draw, and Köln have won on 36 occasions. Köln took the narrow lead in the overall record with a 7-1 win against the Green-Whites on matchday 16 earlier this season.
Strong home record: SVW have lost just one of their 16 home matches against Köln since the 1996/97 season (W11, D4). Their one victory, a 1-0 victory back in October 2014, was also the only time in this period that Werder failed to score against Köln at the wohninvest WESERSTADION.
Permutations: The relegation battle can often lead to some exhausting calculations for several teams and their fans. Who needs to defeat whom to ensure their team’s own points tally will suffice? For SVW, the calculations are a little more straightforward: a win against Köln will make them mathematically safe from relegation.