We are now at the Final in the Coppa Tradizione. So to prep up all Serie'ers on what's at stake the storyline entering the game, here's a preview for everyone to enjoy... (Zikry) ASTON VILLA ~ WERDER BREMEN (Broncos218) Road to the FinalTo start things off, let's look over each team's Serie season and road to the Coppa Final. Aston Villa Serie A: Currently 2nd Place, 13-2-4, 33 GF, 24 GA, +9 GD, 41 points Coppa Group A: 1st Place, W 6-0 vs. Palmeiras, W 4-0 vs. Santos FC, W 2-0 vs. Udinese Coppa Round of 16: W 4-1 vs. Parma Coppa Quarterfinals: W 3-0 vs. FC Koln Coppa Semifinals: W 1-0 vs. Sao Paulo For Aston Villa, Coach Zikry is closing in on the club's first Serie A title. With two matches remaining in the Serie season, the club's match against Fulham may merely be an appetizer for the the big game against Spartak Moscow, with the winner likely to win the Serie A title. With games still remaining, it remains to be seen how the club will react to their results in those final few games and on into the Coppa Final. But while the club has played well in league, they've clearly been the most dominant force thus far in the Coppa Tradizione. With 5 clean sheets in 6 matches, Aston Villa easily marched through to the Final. But while the club won their first 5 cup matches by at least 2 goals, those results were against 2 Serie B clubs and 3 from Serie C. Once they faced off against Serie A side Sao Paulo in the semis, things got a bit tougher. But after an own goal in extra time, Aston Villa punched their ticket to the Final. Werder Bremen Serie A: Currently 7th Place, 8-3-10, 29 GF, 26 GA, +3 GD, 27 points Coppa Group B: 1st Place, W 2-1 vs. Newcastle, W 2-0 vs. Parma, W 3-0 vs. Celtic Coppa Round of 16: W 0-0 (3-0 PEN) vs. Udinese Coppa Quarterfinals: W 3-1 vs. FC Schalke 04 Coppa Semifinals: W 3-1 vs. Wolverhampton Werder Bremen had a rough start to the Serie A season and found themselves in the relegation battle for much of the season. The club lost 10 of their first 16 matches, and it appeared as if the magic that Coach Bronc had with Hamburg a few seasons back had vanished. However, the German club has begun to turn things around. The club finished with a 5-match unbeaten streak, which propelled them to 7th in the Serie A table. Add in their recent Coppa success, and the German club appears to be hotter than ever. In the Coppa, Bremen won their group with 9 points, before scrapping by Udinese on PKs in the Round of 16. The club then won 3-1 against both FC Schalke 04 and Serie B-leading Wolverhampton, and now find themselves one match away from silverware. Match AnalysisNow to fully breakdown the two teams, let's check out how each side matches up head-to-head. GoalkeepersAston Villa: GK Shay GivenWerder Bremen: GK Tim WieseBoth keepers have been in tip-top form all season long. Given has allowed 24 goals in 19 league matches, while Wiese has allowed 26 goals in 21 league matches. In cup play, Given has 5 clean sheets and just 1 GA, while Wiese has 3 clean sheets, 3 GA, and a much-hyped 3 consecutive penalty saves in a shootout against Udinese. Both have a history of great goalkeeping, and standing the two next two each other seems to be the equivalent of placing a mirror in front of them. Although Wiese may win the battle for best hairdo, these two keepers are just too close to split apart. Advantage: Even DefendersAston Villa: RB Alan Hutton, CB James Collins, CB Richard Dunne, LB Fabian DelphWerder Bremen: RB Clemens Fritz, CB Andreas Wolf, CB Naldo, LB Lukas SchmitzFor Aston Villa, Fabian Delph has been dropped back from the midfield to give the Villans some more speed over Stephen Warnock. However, while his speed may be a plus, his true defending ability may be a minus. Dunne, Collins, and Hutton man the rest of the backline, and have shown strong consistency between them this year. For Bremen, RB Clemens Fritz leads the team out each match as their captain. On paper, Naldo looks to be the best of the bunch, often creeating a stranglehold on offensive attacks. Schmitz may be the weak link of the bunch, as his tendency to play on the attack may create the opportunity for counters. While these two defenses are neck and neck, I have to give a slight edge to the team with the best defender. Advantage: Werder Bremen MidfieldersAston Villa: CDM Stiliyan Petrov, RM Marc Albrighton, LM Gabby Agbonlahor, CAM Charles N'ZogbiaWerder Bremen: RCM Mehmet Ekici, CM Philipp Bargfrede, LCM Wesley, CAM Marko MarinThe two teams use their midfielders differently in their formations, as seen in the midfield positioning. Aston Villa sports a 4-1-2-1-2, creating a diamond in the midfield. Petrov, Villa's captain, has been exceptional as Villa's "5th defender." By providing that extra defensive presence, teams have had trouble all season long trying to find holes in the Villa defense. Albrighton and Agbonlahor add speed and talent to the outside, creating an outside dynamic that Bremen must account for. N'Zogbia is second in assists in the Coppa, and while he may not be the best attacking midfielder money could buy, he's no slouch either. Flipping over to the Germans, their 4-3-1-2 formation pushes 3 midfielders more toward the center of the pitch, forcing opponents away from center and into more predictable attacks. Ekici, Bremen's free kick specialist, and Bargfrede have each had strong displays this season. Wesley turned out to be Bremen's difference maker this season, often spearheading late-game attacks and helping to turn around the club's season once he became the full-time starter midseason. Marko Marin appears to be the most talented of the bunch, and his play often dictates Werder's chances. If he's on top of his game, like he was the last time these two teams met, Villa may be in trouble. But overall, the English side's group of mids seem to outshine Bremen's foursome. Advantage: Aston Villa ForwardsAston Villa: ST Darren Bent, ST Emile Heskey or ST Nathan DelfounesoWerder Bremen: ST Marko Arnautovic, ST Claudio PizarroDarren Bent has simply dominated under Coach Zikry. Bent has 21 goals in all matches, accompanied by a plethora of assists. The only question is who Villa will pair with the potential MVP. Heskey leads the Coppa in goals, and has forever been known for his ability to create chances for others. Delfouneso, the 19-year old youngster, is a speedster who often adds an extra dynamic to the offense when they look sluggish. Depending on the match, we may even see both before the match is over. Claudio Pizarro has led the Bremen attack, scoring 19 goals in all competition. He has been consistent all season long, yet his partner up top has yet to hit his potential. Arnautovic only has 1 goal in the Coppa, and doesn't appear in the leaders section for Serie A goals either. His ability to play with Pizarro will be crucial in this match, but it appears as if the English side has the more powerful tandem in this one. Advantage: Aston Villa Past MatchupsHaving been in Serie A since the start, Bronc and Zikry have meet 6 times:Season 1: Palermo (Zikry) 1, Hamburg (Bronc) 0Season 1: Hamburg (Bronc) 2, Palermo (Zikry) 0Season 2: Lazio (Zikry) 2, Hamburg (Bronc) 0Season 2: Lazio (Zikry) 1, Hamburg (Bronc) 0Season 3: Aston Villa (Zikry) 2, Werder Bremen (Bronc) 1Season 3: Werder Bremen (Bronc) 6, Aston Villa (Zikry) 0Overall: Zikry 4-0-2 BroncThrough the first 5 matches, Zikry had won 4 of them and appeared to have figured out Bronc's gameplan. That all changed when the two met later on this past season, with Werder Bremen winning 6-0 in Aston Villa's "Disaster in Deutschland." Additionally, 5 of the 6 matches have seen a clean sheet, showing that the first to score often has the game won. It will be interesting to see if Bronc can continue his past success or if Zikry will be out for revenge. PredictionWell, seeing as how I'm in the Final, I'll leave it up to everyone else to make a prediction this time. Jump over to http://forums.traditionsportsonline.com/threads/coppa-tradizione-s3-final-poll.69311/ to make your pick and post your predicted score.