Preview and Prediction
Werder Bremen’s attempt to save their spot in the top flight next season this week is much harder than last week. They will be facing off Bayern which is only three-point away for securing their domestic title. It may not be impossible to do for the host but it will take more than hard work and stunning tactics to halt Die Roeten on the way.
Both teams latest news
Jiri Pavlenka and Co were involved in a relegation fight last week while taking on Paderborn. The game ended by their 5-1 victory on the road. Davy Klaesen scored a brace followed by Yuya Osako’s tap into the corner of the net after taking advantage of a rebound, Max Eggestein’s strike and Niklas Fullkrung’s goal in his return. The host could only reply one by Abdelhamid Sabiri.
Bayern also had positive result last week as usual. Despite without some key players such as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller on the pitch, they still manage to win over Gladbach 2-1. Joshua Zirkzee opened the scoresheet after taking advantage of the odd blunder of Yann Sommer. The visitor could finally equalise by Benjamin Pavard’s own goal not long after. Luckily, Pavard was able to earn his redemption for his mistake by providing assist to Leon Goretzka’a winning goal.
Florian Kohfeldt was employing his formation to 3-4-1-2, which surely worked against Paderborn. Yet, he might need to modify it to 5-3-2 instead for this game as it provides more solid defence line and possibly could frustrate Bayern’s side. At the front, the less convincing form of Joshua Sargent might lead to lose his position on starting IX. Yuya Osako and Milos Rashica or Niklas Fullkrung will be opted instead.
Hans Flick, as usual, is unlikely to change neither his 4-2-3-1 formation nor his main starting IX with the return of Muller-Lewandowsky on this midweek fixture. It should be making their task easier to end the title race soon and focus on winning Champions League afterwards.
Player to watch
Despite missing out the penalty, Milos Rashica is still the one Kohfeldt relies on as he excels on dribbling and crossing, a perfect one for penetrating the opponent’s defence wall. The Kosovo international has scored seven goals and made five assists. Another notable one to watch is the Dutch international Davy Klaessen who netted a brace in the previous fixture.
In Bayern, the return of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller after their suspension is a great addition for Hans Flick’s men’s attacking side. Both are currently the top scorer and top assists provider in Bundesliga this season.
Bremen vs Bayern Prediction
It is a crucial clash for both teams. Nevertheless, the visitor is simply superior in everything compared to the host. Only misfortune could prevent Die Roeten from winning as well as sealing their title in Wohninvest-Weser this midweek.
The game is likely to be one-sided and eventually an easy win will come to the visitor’s side, which are backed to win at 1.20. Kohfeldt’s men are only priced to win at 12.50 while the draw result is at 6.75.