The head coach on the game: Florian Kohfeldt is not just looking forward to the game because it was against Frankfurt that he first took charge of Werder. “They play an open style of football that’s very aggressive and they are always looking to push forward. I really enjoy playing against them,” said the 38-year-old. Kohfeldt wants to see the courage with which Werder have approached games against other top sides in the league this season on show again in the Friday night fixture, but with an extra something: “We need to be able to pick up the points that our performance deserves.” Although the humbling in Sinsheim cannot be said to be representative of SVW’s whole season, it has shown how quickly and unexpectedly things can change. “Because of that, Friday evening’s game is very important for us. We want to bounce back immediately after last weekend and show that that was just a one-off,” emphasised Kohfeldt.
The last meeting: In the first meeting this season, Werder met a Frankfurt team who had had a bumpy start to the season. Following Eintracht’s 5-0 loss in Munich the week previously, Adi Hütter's team wanted to show a reaction but were unable to do so against a Werder side who were performing strongly on their travels. The game was goalless at the interval after Kamada’s first half strike was ruled out for offside. The Green-Whites emerged as the better team from the dressing room and opened the scoring through Josh Sargent in the 51st minute. It didn’t take SGE long to respond to this setback however, as André Silva struck a 65th minute equaliser that ensured the points were shared at the Deutsche Bank Park.