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Flood defences hold: Bremen match on

Good news in Bremen! Storm front Xaver spared the Weserstadion in Bremen when it passed over during the night. The Bundesliga clash between SV Werder and FC Bayern, which had been endangered by the impending storm, will kick off at 3.30pm on Saturday as planned. "ALL-CLEAR! High tide will not breach the flood defences, #Werder and the Weserstadion are safe! Match vs. Bayern will take place," the northerners twittered on Friday morning. A flood tide warning was issued in view of the rising tide. If the level of the Weser had risen to 5.50 metres, the water would have flooded the Weserstadion, which stands close to the river's edge. However, the water level settled at 30 centimetres below the edge of the flood defences. Bremen officials have asked all fans to arrive early due to the harsh weather conditions.

Stats favour FCB away to Werder

Bayern will face Werder Bremen with confidence in the away game on Saturday. Germany’s most successful club are unbeaten in 39 Bundesliga matches, and their recent record against the northerners is pretty impressive. FCB won the last five clashes in the Bundesliga and have not lost to Werder in eleven competitive matches (eight wins, three draws). In the last match-up in September 2012 the men from Munich won 2-0, their fifth consecutive victory at the Weserstadion. The last home victory for Werder was in October 2006: Bremen team 3-1 seven years ago.

95th meeting between Bayern and Werder

This Saturday the Bundesliga will host the 95th North v South duel that is Werder Bremen v Bayern. So far the overall record is stacked in favour of the champions, who have 43 wins to 25 draws and 26 defeats, with 166 goals scored and 117 conceded. However, FCB have never lost to any team in the Bundesliga more often than to Werder, and the 117 goals against are the most against any club for Munich.

Pursuit of records continues

Bayern's hunt for ever more Bundesliga records continues, and may be added to if FCB take points from the match in Bremen. Coach Pep Guardiola's team have not been beaten in 25 away games (21 wins, 4 draws). The current record is 26 matches - set by FCB  between 1985 and 1987. In the 31 Bundesliga match-ups in 2013, FCB have taken 87 points, beating their own record from 2005. Munich have two matches left until the winter break to set a new record.

Debut for referee Fritz

Marco Fritz will referee Saturday's contest between Werder Bremen and Bayern. This is the first Bayern match of the current season for the 36-year-old banker from Korb (Baden-Württemberg). In previous seasons Fritz refereed three of the Reds’ matches, including a 6-1 home victory against Bremen. He will be assisted by Thorsten Schiffner and Dominik Schaal on the touchlines, with Michael Weiner as the fourth official.