Werder Bremen's Lukimya and Bayern Munich's Gotze battle for possession in their Bundesliga match, December 7. Reuters
Werder Bremen will look to put behind their terrible 7-0 loss to Bayern Munich last weekend when they visit Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Friday night.
Bremen had an evening to forget, when they were left battered, bruised and beaten by a rampant Bayern side at the top of their game.
"They made us look like fools at times," Bremen defender Clemens Fritz said after the club's heaviest defeat of all-time in the Bundesliga. "Bayern have dominated in all competitions all year long. We should have known it wouldn't have been any different.
"We wanted to be brave and get at them early on. That just didn't work. When you play Bayern, you need the rub of the green."
Redemption from that big defeat could come in the shape of three points against capital-side Hertha, who it must be said are looking good this season, and a serious threat for the European places.
Hertha Berlin will fancy themselves against Bremen, with the latter losing four of their last five games in the Bundesliga, which sees them in 14th place in the 18-team league.
Hertha, who beat Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 in their last Bundesliga match, are targeting a top-six finish this season, and are currently perched in seventh with 22 points from 15 games, eight more than their opponents of Friday.
"I'm looking forward to the game on Friday night," Hertha manager Jos Luhukay said on Thursday. "It's the last home game before the winter break, so obviously we want to give our fans something to celebrate.
"We really went for it in our last match here [with Augsburg]. Overall, we dominated, saw a lot of the ball and gave away few chances, but we now we want to be winning again. Hopefully we'll approach Friday's game with the same level of self-belief we took to Braunschweig."
Hertha are expected to be without Johannes Van Den Bergh, but Ben Schar might be available for the first time this season after a long-term injury.
Where to Watch Live
The game is scheduled for a 1 am IST start on Saturday morning with live coverage on Neo Prime in India. There is no official live streaming option available in the country. To catch all the action in the U.K. live online click HERE. Viewers in Latin America can live stream the match HERE.
Expected lineups: Hertha Berlin: Kraft; Pekarik, Lustenberger, Brooks, Kobiashvili; Cigerci, Hosogai; Skjelbred, Ronny, N. Schulz; Ramos.
Werder Bremen: Wolf; Fritz, Lukimya, Caldirola, Garcia; Bargfrede, Makiadi; Elia, Hunt, Ekici; Petersen.
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