Sunday, August 2

Daily WHUFC News - West Ham v Werder Bremen

Preview - Werder Bremen

The background

West Ham United could lift their first silverware of the season on Sunday
when they host Werder Bremen for the Betway Cup.

The four-time Bundesliga champions come to east London as both sides
finalise their preparations for the new campaign, with West Ham hoping to
bounce back from losing a two-goal lead against Astra Giurgiu in midweek.

Bremen's season begins next weekend with a German Cup game against
Wurzburger Kickers, while West Ham kick things off with a trip to Arsenal on
9 August.

Bremen's pre-season has included a win over Sevilla, and coach Viktor
Skrypnyk will look forward to another strong test in London.

The history

Werder were formed in 1899 and established themselves as one of the top
clubs in northern Germany over the first half of the 20th century.

After the Bundesliga was formed in 1963, Bremen took their first national
title two years later and now have four championships to their name.

Skrypnyk took the reins last autumn and led a recovery away from the foot of
the table as Bremen ended in tenth.

West Ham last faced German opposition last year, when a pre-season match at
Schalke 04 ended 0-0 with West Ham winning on penalties.

The match

Team news

West Ham United

The Hammers play their third game of the week on Sunday, so Slaven Bilic is
sure to mix his team again.

Carl Jenkinson could feature for the first time at the Boleyn Ground since
re-joining the Club from Arsenal, while Manuel Lanzini will also hope for a
run out after arriving on loan from Al Jazira.

Enner Valencia suffered knee and ankle injuries against Astra and joins Andy
Carroll, Winston Reid, Stephen Hendrie and Pedro Obiang on the injured list.

Werder Bremen

Werder's top scorer from last season, Franco Di Santo, was solid to Schalke
last week so Werder will be looking to new arrival Anthony Ujah for their
goals this year.

Austrian Playmaker Zlatko Junuzovic, Levin Öztunali, Alejandro Gálvez and
Cedrick Makiadi are unavailable.

Match info

West Ham are undefeated in their first team friendlies this summer,
defeating Norwich City and Southend United, and drawing with Charlton
Athletic and Peterborough United.
Werder are also unbeaten in ten friendlies, beating the likes of Sevilla and
TSV 1860 Munich.
Diafra Sakho is available again after being suspended for the visit of Astra
in midweek, while James Tomkins and James Collins can play as their bans
only apply to Europe.
Over the last two years the Hammers have beaten Hamburg and Eintracht
Braunschweig from the German top flight.
Tickets, travel, weather and coverage

Tickets will be available on the door, priced at £25 Adults and £15 U16s.
A sunny day is expected on Sunday, with temperatures reaching 25C (77F)
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From the Newsroom

World Soccer magazine reporter Nick Bidwell looks at what West Ham United
can expect from Werder Bremen in the Betway Cup on Sunday.
The Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik usually goes with a fluid 4-4-2
formation - which could also be described as a 4-1-2-1-2 - featuring a
midfield diamond, which for many years has been a Werder hallmark. In recent
times and especially under long-serving coach, Thomas Schaaf, Bremen have
had a reputation for free-flowing attacking football, for not worrying too
much about the defensive side of things. But only in charge since last
autumn, Skripnik has made them tougher to beat and much more pragmatic. The
key midfield holder Philipp Bargfrede is out injured at the moment and the
side's most creative player, Zlatko Junzovic is out too, as is keeper,
Raphael Wolf. Bremen start their season the weekend after next with a first
round German Cup tie. They won't go all out against the Hammers.
Their big problem is that their top scorer, Franco Di Santo quit for Schalke
a few days ago and now they are rushing to get in a replacement.

I would expect their line-up at the weekend to be something like this:


Selassie Lukimya Vestergaard Sternberg

Felix Kroos

Fritz Oztunali


Ujah Manneh

Slav looks to 'first team' against Werder Bremen
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on August 1, 2015 in News, Whispers

Slaven Bilic is likely to name the likely Irons first team when the lads
step out for the clash against Werder Bremen tomorrow afternoon.
Thus far of course he has rung the changes to get everybody up to full
fitness but with only the FC Astra game to come between now and the start of
the season, tomorrow is a key day for the manager. Carl Jenkinson is set to
get his first 90 minutes although he is not going to feature against Arsenal
under the terms of his loan next Sunday. Manuel Lanzini, too, is likely to
get a run-out. 'Slav' has already made it clear he has a tough decision to
make about the Thursday night line up as the Premier League is our No 1
priority so expect a very strong team tomorrow. This is his last opportunity
for the front eleven to bond with each other ahead of the match at the
Emirates. With Winston Reid and Pedro Obiang on the injured list we expect
to see the team line up something like this:

Adrian, Jenkinson, Ogbonna, Tomkins, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini,
Payet, Sakho, Zarate

Werder missing player of season against Irons
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on August 1, 2015 in News, Whispers

The Irons welcome Werder Bremen to the Boleyn tomorrow (Sun) in a clash
which will decide the destination of the Betway Cup. It represents the last
Boleyn game ahead of the new season with of course the second leg Europa
qualifying clash sandwiched between that and the opening Premier League
clash against Arsenal next Sunday. The Germans will be without Zlatko
Junuzovic – the right winger and club's free kick specialist – who had an
operation to remove wisdom teeth yesterday. As well as Junuzovic – recently
named as Player of the Season – the Werder head coach will be without
Philipp Bargfrede, as the midfielder is still ruled out with an ankle
injury. The match also comes too early for goalkeeper Raphael Wolf, who will
sit out the game.


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