And, having won their last three games, Werder appear to have come into a rich vein of form. In the first three games of the second half of the season, the side have picked up six more points than they gained from their reverse fixtures against those opponents. After the 4-2 defeat against 1. FC Heidenheim earlier in the season, the Green-Whites will want to settle a score on that front too.
“They’re a team you can never be complacent against because they have an enormous amount of team spirit,” says Ducksch. “If we play our game and maintain our current rhythm then we have a good chance to get a result.” A special set of circumstances await Ducksch and his teammates this weekend – Werder will play in a special kit and be greeted by a huge tifo as they enter the pitch, with the club's 125th anniversary celebrations set to conclude in with a party on Saturday evening.
For us, the three points are the main priority,” says the Dortmund native. “Obviously the circumstances surrounding the game will play their part – it’s become clear to us that there will be a lot going on around us on game day. We’re looking forward to that, obviously, and we hope we can celebrate a home win with the fans.” An opening goal from Marvin Ducksch would be a solid foundation towards achieving just that.