The head coach on the game: Markus Anfang wants to build on Werder’s three successive clean sheets. “It was important that won to nil again. We all want to work hard without the ball and continue keeping clean sheets,” commented the 47-year-old. “If we don’t concede, we can decide the game for ourselves with in attack” – above all against HSV, who are a very intense side. “They are a fluid team who make good plays and like to play one-twos. It will be a tough challenge for us:” The head coach is however sure that the team will be carried forward by the fans. “We need to transfer the fans’ positive energy onto the pitch and benefit from it,” concluded Anfang.
The last matchups: SV Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV have met each other 108 times in the Bundesliga, and this upcoming fixture is the first between the two in the 2. Bundesliga. The last competitive match took place on 24th February 2018, shortly before HSV were relegated. Due to their league positions at the time (Werder 15th, Hamburg 17th), it was more than just local bragging rights which were at stake. The winner came in the 86th minute: Philipp Bargfrede picked out substitute Aron Johansson who shot the ball between the legs of Mathenia. Rick van Drongelen and Ishak Belfodil lunged at the ball on the goal line and the HSV player eventually turned the ball into his own net and gave Werder a 1-0 victory.