Werder Bremen begin their DFB-Pokal journey away at Energie Cottbus in the first round on Monday at 5:01pm (UK time).
Die Werderaner are gearing up for their first campaign back in the top-flight after winning promotion from the 2. Bundesliga last season, with this their final game before travelling to Wolfsburg in their league opener. They face an Energie Cottbus side that have enjoyed a positive pre-season, losing just one of their five friendlies. Their aim this season is to earn promotion to the second tier.
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Energie Cottbus team news
Midfielders Niclas Erlbeck and Joshua Putze are sidelined due to injury, while Cottbus goalkeeper Elias Bethke has been suffering from flu and remains doubtful.
Claus-Dieter Wollitz fielded his strongest XI during the final pre-season friendly against Hildesheim, winning 2-0. He’s likely to do the same here.
Werder Bremen team news
Dikeni Salifou, Jean Manuel Mbom and Benjamin Goller all miss out here due to injury. Lee Buchanan, Amos Pieper and Mitchell Weiser should all get their competitive debuts for Werder Bremen in this match, with head coach Ole Werner looking to sharpen his squad before the start of the Bundesliga season.
Scoreline prediction: Energie Cottbus 1-3 Werder Bremen
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