Werder Bremen vs. 1899 Hoffenheim / Bundesliga – These two teams left on the winter break in a completely different mood, because Werder is again in trouble and in a position that leads to survival, while Hoffenheim is 11 points higher in a position very close to the European. Before the break, Werder has even raised their form and was only defeated once in the last four rounds, and they won the quarterfinals of the Cup. Hoffenheim was earlier defeated from the Cup, as well as from Europa League and they were defeated twice in the previous three rounds. In the first round this season, Hoffenheim was better than Werder with 1-0, who achieved the same result in the Cup. Begins: 13.01.2018. – 15:30 CET
Werder has started playing better in the finish of the first part of the season and they certainly were not too happy that they had to go on the break, when they already caught a good rhythm. It did not help them much when the placement is in question, but because they were desperately bad at the start of the championship, and only in the 12th round they celebrated for the first time.
This triumph over Hannover marked the arrival of the better days and then they celebrated two more times, with a minimal defeat in Leverkusen and in the end a draw with Mainz, when they dropped the lead of 2-0 and received another goal deep in the injury time. The arrival of new coach Kohfeld has also brought better games, and it should be said that they with a victory over Freiburg won the quarterfinals of the Cup. They did not bring reinforcements in the break and in relation to the last round, midfielder Junuzovic and striker M.Kruse are now coming back in the team.
Probable lineups Werder Bremen: Pavlenka – Ro.Bauer, Veljkovic, Moisander, Augustinsson – Bargfrede – M.Eggestein, Junuzovic – Belfodil, Kainz – M.Kruse
When it comes to Hoffenheim, it can be said that the first part of the season was unsuccessful. For the first time, this team played on three fronts, and it had to take the toll, and in the end it turned out that they were defeated in all competitions. Werder has eliminated them from the Cup, and they were eliminated in the group stage of Europa League, after they had previously been defeated in the Champions League qualifiers. A large number of matches has exhausted them in the championship, where they were not even close to last season.
They also had a series of four games without a win, and in the finish of the first part, they played in the rhythm of victory and defeat with which they ended the fall part. It happened in Dortmund, where they took the lead over Borussia, and ended with 2-1. In the break they lost their first striker Wagner, who went to Bayern but it now leaves more room for Uth, who has already scored a lot of goals as reservist from the bench. Demirbay and Nad.Amiri will not play due to injuries.
Probable lineups 1899 Hoffenheim: Baumann – Posch, Vogt, B.Hubner – Kaderabek, Zuber – Grillitsch – Rupp, Geiger – Uth, Gnabry
Werder Bremen vs. 1899 Hoffenheim PICK
If Werder kept the form from the end of the first part of the season, then this could be a very interesting duel, because Hoffenheim has also consolidated its ranks a little bit, even though they are weakened. Strange to Werder is that they have scored a small number of goals, but that could be fixed and we expect a match with a lot of goals with an offensive approach from the guests.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.66 at bet365 (down to 1.57 can be played)