Werder Bremen will have one final opportunity to try and ensnare themselves from the jaws of direct relegation to the German second division when they welcome FC Koln in the final weekend of the Bundesliga season on Saturday.
Florian Kohfeldt’s men are in a must-win situation if they are to salvage the little that is left of their season but even a win may not guarantee survival as their fate is not in their hands. As things stand, Bremen are two points adrift of Dusseldorf in the relegation playoff spot, so in order to swap places with them, have to win and hope Dusseldorf lose – or Dusseldorf to draw with Union and they beat Koln by a five-goal margin.
Bremen might look at last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Mainz as the one that did them in, but in reality, it’s their overall performances at home this season that has been their major undoing. They have the worst home, picking up just 6 points from a possible 48, and scoring only 9 goals while conceding 35.
Saturday offers a chance for redemption, even if it may end up being too little too late.
As for Koln, despite a recent woeful run, they have already secured their participation in the top flight for next season, thanks largely to their performances prior to the break. They won 8 of 11 games in the league between mid-December and the beginning of March. This pretty much gave them the insurance to survive the crappy results they have been posting. They are one of only three teams to have not won a game after the resumption.
Koln can still finish as high as 11th with a win here if other results on this final day of the season go their way.
Werder Bremen are fully aware that for them to stand any chance of survival they, first of all, have to take care of their business before waiting for favourable results elsewhere. Koln, on the other hand, are already safe and do not have much to lose or play for here. Koln are also winless in their last nine matches. We are therefore backing Bremen to Win @ 1.65 with 1xBet as our first betting tip here.
Given that Bremen have to come out of their shell and go for the game, there is a likelihood that they will also leave themselves exposed at the back. Although Koln are winless in their last 9 games, they have also scored at least a goal in each of those games. In fact, they have scored a goal in their last 22 straight games in all competitions. 1xBet betting app are offering both teams to score option @ 1.50 and we think this is very good value for this game and we fancy it for our final prediction for this encounter.
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