Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen / Bundesliga – The first match of the Bundesliga’s 26th round is clash between teams that race to reach Europe. The home steam stands better in the race as it occupies the 6th place and has the same number of points more than Wereder that is ninth. Bayer won two times in a row, while Werder won in the previous round and has nine-game unbeaten streak. Bayer won in Bremen by even 6-2 in the first part of season.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen begins 17.03.2019 at 13:30 CET
After elimination from the Europa League Bayer can focus on the German championship where it won two times in a row after losing to Borussia in Dortmund. Bayer had two easier opponents and it maximally use the chance; they first won Freiburg at home by routine 2-0, while in the previous round they triumphed in Hannover. They had far more problems in the match that was played under real winter weather.
Forward Volland had his day and after two assistances from Brandt he secured a solid advantage to this team after just half an hour. In those moments it seemed that Bayer will easily win, however, they paid premature relaxation with two goals and had to play on all or nothing in the finish of match. Bayer managed to score the third goal thanks to Havertz and Brandt third assistance. Injured S. Bender didn’t play and instead of him Dragovic got chance, which was the only change in the team. Bellarabi is back now and Bayer will be more offensive with him. Wendell will replace Jedvaj on the left flank.
Probable lineups Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, Dragovic, Wendell – Aranguiz – Bellarabi, Havertz, Brandt, Bailey – Volland
Unbeaten series is now nine games long and by that it is clear that Werder plays well. They seem very compact this season and fact that the most numerous outcomes of their matches is draw is a different problem but it cannot be said that they are overly caution since Werder is one of two teams in the Bundesliga that scored at least one goal in each match. Draws come in series of three and after first three draws this year they won Augsburg, while after three new ones they won Schalke 4-3 at home in the previous round.
It can be seen that their self-confidence is at high level since they were the first to receive a goal but that didn’t shaken them and instead they soundly won after three consecutive draws. Veljkovic played at stopper position instead of injured Langkamp, while somewhat unusually manager Kohfeldt decided to replace J. Eggestein with veteran Pizarro. Now, Kohfeldt will definitely make new changes as Veljkovic is suspended due to accrued yellow cards. Most probably it is Friedl who will replace him as Langkamp is still out of action. J. Eggstein is back too as Pizaro hasn’t fully recovered, while Klaassen is questionable. If he cannot play than Mohwald is the alternative.
Probable lineups Werder Bremen: Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie, Moisander, Friedl, Augustinsson – Bargfrede – M. Eggestein, Klaassen (Mohwald) – J. Eggestein, Rashica – M. Kruse
Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen PICK
Bayer is again in good shape and after two wins in a row it wants the third one. They will play with the strongest team and with very offensive set-up. That will make Werder’s life much harder since the guests are weakened, especially in defence. They might continue scoring goals but can hardly avoid defeat.
Pick: Bayer Leverkusen wins
Odds: 1.63 at bethard (down to 1.57 can be played)
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