When the Black and Yellows and Green and Whites meet, it usually results in a stirring encounter. In no other fixture in the history of Bundesliga football has the team which has gone 1-0 down come back to win more often – some 17 times in total! Here are the match facts:
The scenario: Two wins out of two versus an unbeaten start. BVB won their first two games against Leverkusen (1-0) and Freiburg (3-1), while Bremen shared the points with Wolfsburg and Stuttgart (both 2-2). Borussia have won 12 of their previous 14 Bundesliga home games against Werder (one draw, one loss) and have only celebrated more Bundesliga home victories (35) against Frankfurt than against Bremen (33).
Home and away: Borussia were the second-strongest team at home last season (13 wins, 4 defeats), while Werder joined Schalke (both with 10 wins, 3 draws, 4 losses) as the most successful away team in the second division. Their last defeat on away soil dates back to 12 March (a 2-1 loss in Heidenheim).
Head-to-head record: Borussia have lost to Bremen nine times after taking a 1-0 lead (only once more often against Bayern), but have come from behind to win eight times, most recently in 2020/21. Of the eleven penalties awarded on the Strobelallee, nine have gone to Borussia. Marco Reus has scored more often against Werder (14 goals – joint most, shared with Mainz) than any other side and has been involved in 23 goals in 19 Bundesliga matches against Bremen.
Statistics: Borussia Dortmund have scored at least once in each of the past 35 Bundesliga home games, while Bremen have already scored two headed goals (the most in the league) in their first two games.
Biggest home win: The Westphalian side have scored 98 home goals against their Hanseatic opponents to date. The most in a single match came on 2 February 1980, when BVB won 5-0 thanks to goals from Wolfgang Vöge, a brace from Theo Schneider, Manfred Burgsmüller and Herbert Hein.
Compiled by Boris Rupert