Werder Bremen have really disappointed their fans this season. For the first time in 40 years, they face the real prospect of relegation from the top flight. They are currently second from the bottom in the league, 8 points adrift of safety although they do have a game in hand. The break could not have come at a better time for them. Florian Kohfeldt’s charges hadn’t won in the Bundesliga since mid-January. Their last game before the postponement was a 2-2 draw away to Hertha Berlin, a game they literally threw away after getting a 2-0 start in the first 6 minutes of the game, before Hertha pulled a goal back before the half and levelled matters in the second half. Prior to this game, Bremen had lost four straight games by a combined 9-1 scoring margin.
Werder’s form stands in stark contrast to that of Leverkusen, winning just two of their last 13 games, with 10 of those matches ending in defeat and it’s no wonder why bookies are seeing them as underdogs in this Monday’s night football encounter against Leverkusen. Their home form, in particular, has been woeful, having picked up just five points on home turf this season which is by far the worst record in the whole division. They will need to turn that around real quick if they are to salvage their season with relegation casting a long shadow on them. Coach Kohfeldt has a few injury concerns in his squad and but even more worrying for him is having to do without the services of Davy Klaassen who is suspended for this clash. The Dutch midfielder has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise dull season and he is their second-leading scorer with 4 goals to his name.
Bayer Leverkusen were in cruise mode before the postponement of fixtures, winning nine of their last ten matches in all competitions, destroying opponents at home and away with a beautiful brand of fast-paced attacking style of play. Unlike the hosts, that prolonged interruption couldn’t have come at a worse time for them and coach Peter Bosz can only hope that they can quickly regain their rhythm and see off the remaining part of the season in similar fashion starting with this game at Werder Bremen. That one game they did not win in the last ten fixtures was actually a draw at the home of RB Leipzig, who are one of the top three teams this season. They picked up some impressive results during that run, including a thrilling 4-3 success against top-four rivals Borussia Dortmund and big wins in Europe against Porto and Rangers in the Europa Cup.
Leverkusen are in 5th place on the Bundesliga table, just eight points adrift of league leaders Bayern and if they replicate their form prior to the lockdown for the remaining 9 games of the season then they could yet have a say in the exciting Bundesliga finale. Monchengladbach two points above them in fourth and with the two sides set to face off on the following matchday, a grand finish awaits us.
Having comprehensively dispatched of Frankfurt 4-0 in their very last assignment, Leverkusen will look to project the same level of focus and energy into this Monday night clash against a struggling Bremen team. They got a massive boost with the return to fitness of leading marksman Kevin Volland and therefore have a virtually fully fit squad. He has recovered from a foot injury and has been taking part in light training sessions under the new controlled regulations. He is listed as doubtful but is available for selection and could make an appearance in the game, possibly as a substitute as he works his way back to full fitness.
Leverkusen are fifth in the Bundesliga with an outside chance of making a run for the title. They were in great shape before the break and they can only hope this break does not break their rhythm and momentum. They are favourites coming into the game and quite rightly so given their form that is a sharp contrast to the host’s form. Leverkusen certainly have the better players and have all it takes to pick valuable win here. Bwin have offered an away win for Leverkusen at 1.73 and we are backing it for our first betting tip for this game.
Werder Bremen have struggled to find the back of the net in their recent outings. They fired blanks in four of their last five fixtures before the break. They are up against a team with big ambitions and a decent defence. Outside of Kosovan forward Milot Rashica, they do not possess much of a goal threat up front. We, therefore, do not anticipate a bunch of goals in this game and we are going with Goal Under 3.5 @ 1.48 for our second tip for this game. A combination of this and Leverkusen win is also available @ 2.65 on the Bwin betting app.
For our final Werder Bremen v Leverkusen betting prediction, we are going for the goalscorer market and we are tempted to back German star Kai Havertz to score anytime @ 2.40. He grabbed a brace in the last meeting between the two teams and scored in Leverkusen’s last two games.
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