Heidenheim vs Werder Bremen Preview & Prediction | 2023-24 German Bundesliga
When is Heidenheim vs Werder Bremen on and what time does it start? Heidenheim vs Werder Bremen will take place on Sunday 17th September, 2023 – 14:30 (UK)
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You can forgive anyone for thinking the worst when Heidenheim found themselves two goals down away to Borussia Dortmund after just 15 minutes of their encounter at the start of the month. What happened next though, shocked the entire Bundesliga. Heidenheim dug in and came out swinging in the second half. After putting a goal back Eren Dinkci, the visitors were awarded a penalty of their own with nine minutes remaining.
After Jan-Niklas Beste had missed a penalty against Hoffenheim the week before, Tim Kleindienst stepped up on this occasion and buried his spot kick, as the Bundesliga newbies then hung on to secure their first ever point in the German top flight, a historical result at a perilously tough place to go and in the most unlikely of circumstances.
Everyone connected with Werder Bremen will have breathed a collective sigh of relief following their resounding 4-0 triumph over Mainz just prior to the international break, which got them off the mark for the season after losing both of their opening two league games and getting knocked out of the DFB-Pokal.
It was a complete performance by Werder, the tone set in just the third minute as striker Marvin Ducksch dispatched a penalty. Jens Stage doubled their advantage early in the second half, before substitutes Leonardo Bittencourt and Justin Njinmah added two more goals in the final ten minutes, parachuting Werder into midtable.
THE TEAM NEWS
Heidenheim right-back Marnon-Thomas Busch’s availability is doubtful due to a thigh problem and with that in mind, Omar Haktab Traore is expected to continue in that position. Forward Elidon Qenaj is definitely out with a knee injury, but no radical changes are expected from the home side.
PREDICTED XI (4-4-2): Muller; Traore, Mainka, Siersleben, Fohrenbach; Dinkci, Maloney, Beck, Beste; Pieringer, Kleindienst
UNAVAILABLE: Qenej (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Busch (Injured)
Ole Werner is expected to name the same starting XI who dispatched Mainz two weeks ago, with Dawid Kownacki again partnering Ducksch in attack. Werder fans have waited patiently to get a glimpse of new signing Naby Keita in the Bundesliga and as the former Liverpool midfielder edges closer to a return following a groin injury, there is a chance he could be named on the bench here.
PREDICTED XI (3-5-2): Pavlenka; Pieper, Stark, Friedl; Weiser, Schmid, Gross, Stage, Jung; Kownacki, Ducksch
QUESTIONABLE: Bittencourt (Injured), Keita (Injured)
Even though it’s been over two weeks now since that 2-2 draw in Dortmund, Heidenheim are probably still riding the crest of a wave. To have garnered such a result will have given them incredible confidence and they’ll want to take that into this game. Werder Bremen though, are high on momentum themselves following their 4-0 win and could really punish Heidenheim if given the opportunity offensively. But Frank Schmitt’s side, can keep Werder in check and with home advantage in their favour are well worth backing to pick up either another draw, or their first Bundesliga victory via the double chance market.
TIP: DOUBLE CHANCE – HEIDENHEIM/DRAW