Werder Bremen vs. 1.FC Cologne / Bundesliga – This can be called a derby, although the difference between these teams is 10 points in favour of Werder, and Cologne is in the last place and the safe zone is eight points away before this round. The home defeat by Stuttgart in the last round can easily be seen as a final blow for Cologne’s ambitions, which is why this game is even more important for a host which has just two points more than the relegation zone. Werder is in a better shape than Cologne, and in the first part of the season they played a match without goals. Begins: 12.03.2018. – 18:00 CET
Werder continues with a lot of good games in the second part of the championship, but points are also won by competitors, so they have not been able to create a more sensible difference, at least not with compared to the position that leads to survival. They are at safe nine points from the previous position and direct elimination, and this is a good opportunity for new important points.
Werder has played very well at their stadium in this calendar year and after two draws in a row, they also scored two wins, but they can also boast of having celebrated against Schalke away and that they have won one point at M'gladbach in the last round. Especially importnat point, since they lost with 2-0 and in the last half hour they have reached it. Johannsson’s entering in the game has proved to be a crucial move, who was the creator of the turnover, and could now also be among the starters, while Gebre Selassie also returns.
Probable lineups Werder Bremen: Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Augustinsson – Bargfrede – Junuzović, M.Eggestein, Delaney – Johannsson, M.Kruse
We have already written off the team of Cologne several times, and then they record a positive result, which is why we leave them some hope, but now the situation is really difficult because in the last round they lost on their field from Stuttgart in the match in which they were supposed win all three points that would mean a lot. Two rounds ago, they managed to celebrate in Leipzig after the turnover and it was logical that they would on the wings of that victory also defeat Stuttgart. They took the lead in the early stages of the match thanks to a goal by veteran Pizarro, and then the unmistakable decline in concentration in the first half of the season and the two received goals happened in the injury time.
Logically, this has completely thrown them out of the rhythm and it has destroyed their self-confidence so they later received another goal and it was clear that they would lose. They played with three strikers and coach Ruthenbeck has instead of J.Horn sent Pizarro to the field, and it is interesting that he left the hero of the win in Leipzig, midfielder Bittencourt, on the bench again. Probably their self-confidence has not returned yet and the question is how will they react in this match in which the mentioned Bittencourt could replace Osako.
Probable lineups 1.FC Cologne: T.Horn – Sorensen, J.Mere, Heintz – Risse, Koziello, Hoger, J.Hector – Bittencourt – Terodde, Pizarro
Werder Bremen vs. 1.FC Cologne PICK
Cologne is a very difficult time for prognoses, because they no longer have anything to lose and they will play for all or nothing. Nevertheless, Werder's games on their field lately make us to give them advantage in this duel.
Pick: Werder wins
Odds: 1.83 at bet365 (down to 1.73 can be played)
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