Werder Bremen begin life in the second tier of German football with a home clash against Hannover 96 on Saturday at 7:30pm (UK time).
Die Werderaner will play 2. Bundesliga football for the first time since 1981 after slipping to a 17th-place finish last season, while this is Hannover’s third consecutive season outside the top-flight.
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Scoreline prediction: Werder Bremen 2-0 Hannover 96
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After barely escaping the drop in 2019/20, Werder Bremen, finally succumb to relegation last season, finishing 17th with just seven wins from 34 games. But Florian Khofeldt has been replaced by Markus Anfang and with a talented squad at his disposal, the new manager will certainly feel Werder’s place among the promotion favourites is justified.
But they won’t want to suffer the same fate as Hannover, who are now entering their third consecutive season in the 2. Bundesliga following their relegation in 2019. After battling it out near the top of the table in their first campaign, Die Roten could only muster a 13th-place finish last time round, though their supporters will still expect an outside challenge for promotion at the very least this season.
- Werder Bremen (vs Feyenoord): Kapino; Mbom, Mai, Toprak, Agu; Eggestein; Groß, Schmid, Osako, Bittencourt; Sargent.
- Hannover (vs 1. FC Magdeburg): Zieler, Hult, Falette, Ernst, Maina, Kaiser, Ducksch, Muroya, Franke, Muslija, Kerk.
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Anfang staying “realistic” despite heavy Werder Bremen expectations
Just like Schalke, Werder Bremen are heading into foreign territory this season after such a long stay in the German top-flight. As such, this makes them one of the heavy favourites for promotion, but also places a huge bullseye on their foreheads for some of the second tier’s smaller clubs.
With Werder struggling to excite their supporters for a number of years now, new manager Anfang is calling for a dose of realism before the campaign kicks off, arguing that the process of building a squad capable of achieving promotion won’t happen overnight.
“We need to be realistic and first need to build a squad that makes us competitive enough to be able to name [promotion] as an objective,” the 47-year-old said.
Whether or not the fans will listen and accept anything but an immediate return to the Bundesliga is another question.
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