Head-to-Head: The Nord-derby

Posted on September 6, 2011

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The early season form for rivals SV Werder Bremen and Hamburg SV could not any different with both sides having contrasting starts to the Bundesliga.

Thomas Schaaf’s side have started strongly with three wins from four matches and are deservedly, joint-top of the table with FC Bayern and Schalke. But for Michael Oenning, pressure is mounting on Hamburg with Rothosen sitting rock bottom of the table with just one point to show for their efforts.

With the first clash between the two Northern rivals coming up on Saturday evening, we look at the important facts and figures ahead of the match.

The Form Book:

Werder: W-L-W-W

Goals For/Against: 9/5

Hamburg: L-D-L-L

Goals For/Against: 6/14

Overall Head-to-Head:

Werder Wins: 50

Draws: 41

Hamburg Wins: 48

SV Werder Bremen:

Top Scorers: Markus Rosenborg (3)

Assists: Lukas Schmitz (3), Marko Marin (2)

Hamburg SV:

Top Scorers: Mladen Petric (2), Son Heung-Min (2)

Assists: Robert Tesche (1)

Key Battles:

Naldo/Sebastian Prodl vs Mladen Petric:

Per Mertesacker made a sharp exit from the Weserstadion with a move to Arsenal on deadline day last week and has left Thomas Schaaf with a few worries at the back. As shown in Bremen’s friendly match with Union Berlin, both defenders are prone to the odd blunder and there could be a fragility in the backline for HSV to exploit.

Bremen’s centre-halves will be up against Croatian striker Mladen Petric who has been in decent form this season with two goals so far this season. Despite both goals coming from the penalty spot, Petric still looks dangerous and is more than capable of causing problems for the Bremen backline.

Markus Rosenborg vs Michael Mancienne:

The Swedish international striker spent last season on loan with Racing Santander in La Liga and has made an excellent to start to the new campaign with Werder. Rosenborg has netted three times from open play this season and is reaping the rewards of Bremen’s swashbuckling style of football.

It couldn’t any more different to Michael Mancienne who was signed from Chelsea in the summer. The 23-year-old would have been hoping for a quiet start to life in the Bundesliga but instead, the English U-21 international has been thrown in at the deep end at Hamburg.

Lukas Schmitz vs Dennis Diekmeier:

Markus Rosenborg has benefited hugely from Bremen’s attacking left-back Lukas Schmitz so far this season with the Swedish striker’s goals all coming from the left-hand side.

Schmitz has been an astute signing so far from Schalke and replaced Mikael Silvestre at left-back from last season. The 22-year-old is tops the assist chart for Bremen and is certainly one to watch on Saturday.

And he could have a field day against Hamburg right-back Dennis Diekmeier who has had a torrid time as part of that weak Rothosen defence. Diekmeier’s poor positioning has cost Hamburg dear on a few occasions this season and the combination of Schmitz and Marin could be another nightmare for the youngster.

 

 

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