Werder target Bayern cup scalp
DFB-Pokal holders Bayern Munich face a tough task reaching the third round of the competition as they prepare to host in-form Werder Bremen tomorrow.
Bayern have scored fewer goals than any other side in the Bundesliga so far this season with just eight in nine games while opponents Bremen appear to have hit form with four goals at the weekend, thanks mainly to former Bayern striker Claudio Pizarro.
Bayern are already 12 points adrift of league leaders Mainz and face a mammoth task defending their title, and they could say goodbye to another potential piece of silverware tomorrow night at the Allianz Arena.
"We want to extend our mini-streak and we are glad to be playing Bayern already in the second round, which is quite early," said Bremen defender Per Mertesacker on his club's website. "We want to get our ticket for the next round tomorrow."
Bayern are not the only Bundesliga club under pressure to deliver this week as the giant-killers look to take their chance. Schalke have won only once in the league all season and they head to second division side FSV Frankfurt while Stuttgart, who won for only the second time in the league yesterday, travel to the leaders of the German fourth division Chemnitz on Wednesday.
Cologne will be hoping their season does not get any worse under their caretaker-manager Frank Schafer against second division high-flyers 1860 Munich.
There are two more all-Bundesliga clashes with Borussia Monchengladbach entertaining Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt hosting Hamburg on Wednesday. Wolfsburg travel to Victoria Hamburg tomorrow while Freiburg face second division opponents Energie Cottbus and Kaiserslautern host Arminia Bielefeld.
Tomorrow's other games are between Bavarian rivals Greuther Furth and Augsburg and between Koblenz and Hertha Berlin. Wednesday's other matches include Hoffenheim's home game against Ingolstadt and Nurnberg's trip to one of the lowest ranked sides in the competition, Elversberg.