Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen, 18 May 2020, Monday
German Bundesliga, Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET, Venue: Weserstadion.
Leverkusen are strong favorites to win the Bundesliga battle against Bremen with the hosts looking out of sorts this season, even in front of their own fans.
The Match Preview
Time is running out of Bremen to save the season as the team return to action sitting at 17th in the table, 8 points below safety.
Monday’s clash will be one of the toughest with Leverkusen being one of the most consistent away sides in the division.
Florian Kohfeldt’s squandered a 2 goal lead against Hertha to share the spoils before the lockdown, taking their winless streak to 6 games.
Also, they tasted defeats in 9 of their last 12 Bundesliga outings.
They also earned an unwanted record after the last completed home game. The 0-2 defeat to Dortmund took Werder Bremen to 6 consecutive home defeats.
Only three other teams lost more consecutive home games in the history of Bundesliga. Hannover in 2015/16 lost 7 on the bounce, while 8 each by Hansa Rostock in 2004/05 and Tasmania Berlin in 1965/66. All three teams got relegated at the end of the season.
Back at Leverkusen, things are good as ever. They went into the breakdown with a 4-0 thrashing of Frankfurt and put them at 4 point gap with second placed Dortmund.
The Werkself are 5th in the table, which is Europa League spot. But their true ambitions will be to get into top 4. Standing in their way are Gladbach and the ones who wear the famous yellow.
Leverkusen’s consistency this season can be found in their travels as well. The 22 points accumulated from 12 games place them at third in the away table. This includes 7 wins and a draw. The top two spots are held by Bayern and Dortmund.
Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen Head-to-head
We saw a thrilling contest when these two met earlier this season, sharing spoils with a 2-2 stalemate.
11 of their 14 meetings saw over 2.5 goals with both teams scoring in same number of games.
It is even stevens when Bremen host this h2h fixture as the teams share 3 wins and 1 draw from last 7.
Also 9 of their 13 duels at the Weserstadion stadium saw 2+ goals or btts.
Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction
Bayer will be desperate to pick up from where they left off, while the hosts is looking for some inspiration to keep their Bundesliga status.
However, Bremen are struggling on all counts and I believe they come here with a baggage of pressure to end the prolonged losing streak in front of their own fans. Expect a +10% commitment from each player on the field this Monday.
Yet, one cannot take anything away from the Leverkusen boys. They are brilliant at home and adventurous on the road.
All 6 away games that Leverkusen played in 2020 saw both teams scoring and 5 of them saw 2 or more goals. Coupling this with the trend in h2h games at this ground, the over 2.5 goals full-time seems like the best tip for today’s Bundesliga game.
Based on form, there is a good chance for Leverkusen to win this and even with a convincing margin. But I want to be cautious as teams are coming back from an unannounced break.
For the second bet, I would like to highlight Kai Havertz’s. He netted five times in his last 8 appearances across all competitions. With Kevin Volland out with a foot injury, he is my prime candidate to score anytime here.
Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals fulltime @ 1.66 (2/3)
To Score any time : Kai Havertz @ 2.30 (13/10).