Good omens for a happy start to 2022

Preview to the match against Fortuna Düsseldorf

Keep the happiness flowing against Düsseldorf: Romano Schmid and Leo Bittencourt
Keep the happiness flowing against Düsseldorf: Romano Schmid and Leo Bittencourt. (Photo: nordphoto)
preliminary report
Friday, 14.01.2022 / 12:34

Von Tim Nees

Three wins in a row and good preparation for the New Year mean the omens for a good start to 2022 could not be better. The first game of the year comes on Saturday against Fortuna Düsseldorf (13:30 CET) and SV Werder will look to extend their winning run. Head coach Ole Werner is aware the game will be a challenge but is expecting a positive result. “Since my first day here, I’ve noticed that the team wants to be successful. There was an atmosphere of excitement and concentration in training this week. The team themselves discussed and improved the little mistakes they made in training. It’s important that we deliver the performance we need to on Saturday.”

Squad update: Ole Werner’s options for the game are growing by the day. Following the returns of Marco Friedl, Manuel Mbom, Milos Veljkovic and Mitchell Weiser to training at the start of the week, Niclas Füllkrug has also trained. “The players who were in isolation are all available to play; they haven’t been too badly affected in a physical sense and they’re options to start the game,” said Werner. The head coach will be able to pick from a near-full complement of players. The only man missing is Abed Nankishi, who will definitely miss out due to both a knee tendon issue and a positive Covid-19 test.

Ole Werner on the upcoming opponents: “The whole team and the club itself have big ambitions to play a role in this division; they’ve proved that both in the past and now. Düsseldorf have a lot of players with individual quality. They are compact and know what they’re doing off the ball. They use the wings a lot going forward and are strong from crosses.”

Making the tackles count

Last time out: This will be the 54th meeting between SV Werder and Fortuna Düsseldorf in all competitions. The tale of the tape: 24 wins for Werder, 12 draws, 17 wins for F95. Matchday 2 this season saw Werder leave it late to take all three points home from Düsseldorf, the goals coming from now-former players in a Josh Sargent brace and a late Maximilian Eggestein penalty.

League positions: Werder’s three wins in a row have put them in good stead for the rest of the season. With a win they could climb to third in the 2. Bundesliga and put their foot in the door of the promotion race. Fortuna are currently on 20 points and sit in 13th place – the gap between them and the relegation zone is just three points.  

A tale of successful tackles: This game sees the 2. Bundesliga’s most and least successful sides in terms of tackling face up against each other. Werder have won 53% of their tackles this season, Fortuna have won 47%.

Rich vein of form: Marvin Ducksch has been directly involved in at least one goal in his last four league games.

Compiled by WERDER.DE and Opta.

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