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Kleindienst (85', 90+7' pen.)
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Theuerkauf (3' og.), Augustinsson (90+4')
Augustinsson (90+2'), Klaassen (90+2')

Preview: Heidenheim vs. Werder Bremen - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the second leg of the Bundesliga relegation playoff between Heidenheim and Werder Bremen, including team news and predicted lineups.

Werder Bremen will travel to 2.Bundesliga outfit Heidenheim on Monday night for the second leg of their Bundesliga relegation playoff.

The contest is delicately poised following a goalless draw in the first leg on Thursday, and the home side will be looking to pull off a shock victory to earn promotion to the top tier.

Match preview

Werder Bremen's Milot Rashica in action with Heidenheim's Marnon Busch on July 2, 2020© Reuters

Heidenheim finished third behind Arminia Bielefeld and Stuttgart in the 2.Bundesliga this season to earn the right to take on Bremen in a two-legged playoff affair.

The second-tier outfit won 15 of their 34 league matches, suffering just nine defeats in the process, and showed their quality against Bremen in the first leg on Thursday night.

The Bundesliga side would have been looking to take a lead into the second leg, but Heidenheim defended impressively to ensure that they would pick up a positive result in their first encounter.

Heidenheim have never played in the Bundesliga and were operating in the third tier as recently as 2013-14, meaning that it would be some achievement if they managed to secure a position in the top flight.

Werder Bremen attacker Milot Rashica in action against Borussia Dortmund on February 4, 2020© Reuters

Bremen have not played outside of Germany's top flight since the 1980-81 campaign, but they will be relegated unless they can overcome Heidenheim on Monday evening.

It did appear that Florian Kohfeldt's side would be sinking automatically into the 2.Bundesliga at the end of the regular Bundesliga season, but a 6-1 win over Koln on June 27 saw them snatch the playoff spot from Fortuna Dusseldorf, who were relegated alongside Paderborn.

Die Werderaner actually lost 19 of their 34 league matches during the 2019-20 campaign, conceding 69 times in the process - the second-worst record in the division behind Paderborn.

Bremen did perform much better on their travels, though, boasting the eighth-best away record in the Bundesliga, which is in contrast to their home record, which was the second-worst in the division.

Heidenheim form (all competitions): LWDWLD

Werder Bremen form (all competitions): LWLLWD

Team News

Milot Rashica pictured in September 2018© Reuters

Heidenheim will again be without the visitors of Maximilian Thiel and Arne Feick through injury, but the home side have no fresh injury concerns from the first leg.

There are not expected to be any real surprises in the home side's starting XI, with leading scorer Tim Kleindienst likely to be partnered by Denis Thomalla in the final third of the field.

Konstantin Kerschbaumer, though, is also pushing for a spot in the starting side.

As for Bremen, Niklas Moisander is suspended due to the red card that he picked up in the first leg, but Kevin Vogt is back from a ban of his own and should return to the XI.

Sebastian Langkamp, Nuri Sahin and Kevin Mohwald are all again expected to miss out through injury.

The visitors do not have any fresh fitness concerns, though, and Milot Rashica is again likely to be joined by Yuya Osako and Niclas Fullkrug in the final third of the field, leaving Joshua Sargent and Claudio Pizarro on the bench.

Heidenheim possible starting lineup:
Muller; Busch, Mainka, Beermann, Theuerkauf; Multhaup, Sessa, Griesbeck, Dorsch; Thomalla, Kleindienst

Werder Bremen possible starting lineup:
Pavlenka; Selassie, Vogt, Veljkovic, Friedel; Klaassen, Bargfrede, Eggestein; Rashica, Fullkrug, Osako

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We say: Heidenheim 1-2 Werder Bremen

Bremen will feel that they should have won the first leg, but we still fancy them to get the job done on Monday night. The Bundesliga side have a lot of talent in the final third and while we are expecting a tight match, we believe that the visitors will emerge victorious, retaining their spot in the Bundesliga in the process.


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