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Football: Barca may be in for a shock: Werder Bremen v Barcelona; 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Xtra.

WERDER BREMEN have made a stunning start to the Bundesliga, scoring 13 goals in their first three games, and Thomas Schaaf's in-form side should be backed to stun Group C rivals Barcelona at the Weserstadion tonight.

Bremen are 9-4 with Blue Square, and that looks tempting despite the absence of banned striker Miroslav Klose.

Klose and Croatian hitman Ivan Klasnic have already bagged six goals apiece this term, but much of the credit for Werder's free-scoring start must go to a midfield featuring talented internationals Umit Davala, Johan Micoud and Torsten Frings.

Barcelona will fight fire with fire, but recent Champions League experience suggests that theirs could be the first defence to crack.

Barca have not kept a clean sheet in their last five Champions League away matches.

best prices 9-4 Werder Bremen, 5-4 Barcelona, 9-4 Drawteam newsGoalkeeper Tim Weise (knee) is out until the new year and prolific striker Miroslav Klose is banned.

Thmas Schaaf is expected to name Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez (left) as Klose's replacement.

n Barcelona midfielders Thiago Motta and Gabri Garcia have not been included in the squad because of injuries.

league positions Werder 2nd; Barcelona 5th top scorers Werder Bremen Klose 5-0, Klasnic 4-0, Baumann 1-0, Micoud 1-0.

Barcelona Eto'o 2-0.

(League-Champions League)last six games W. BREMEN BARCELONA (a) 5-1 K'slautern (h) 2-0 Mallorca (h) 1-1 Stuttgart (a) 0-0 Alaves (h) 3-0* FC Basle (h) 1-2* Real Betis (a) 3-1* Wattenscheid(a) 3-0* Real Betis (a) 2-0 Mainz (a) 0-0 Sociedad (a) 1-2* FC Basle (h) 3-3 Villarreal
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2005
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