Preview - RB Leipzig vs Werder Bremen 25 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 25, 2017, 06:13 PM

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RB Leipzig vs Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen ace Max Kruse has scored against 16 of the 18 teams currently in the Bundesliga. Cologne and RB Leipzig are the only teams he has yet to find the net against.

Strangely, Leipzig's Timo Werner has played against Bremen eight times and is awaiting his first goal against them.

The only downside to Leipzig's suberb 4-1 win at Monaco in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday was the loss of Marcel Sabitzer to a shoulder injury. Diego Demme replaced the Austrian in the first half in midweek and should start this weekend.

Kruse scored a hat-trick in Werder's 4-0 victory over Hannover last weekend and, with no fresh injury concerns, Florian Kohlfeldt is unlikely to tinker with a side that recorded the Green-Whites' first win of the season.


Match Stats:

  • RB Leipzig 2-0 Werder Bremen
  • Shots: 11-6
  • Possession: 50%-50%
  • Corner kicks: 8-8

Both sides came into this game on a high after impressive wins - Leipzig beat French champions Monaco 4-1 in midweek, while Bremen thrashed Hannover 4-0 last Sunday - but it was the hosts who made the brighter start, with Diego Demme forcing a good save from visiting keeper Jiri Pavlenka. Leipzig even had the ball in the net two minutes later, but Marcel Halstenberg's deflected shot was correctly ruled out for offside. Ralph Hasenhüttl's side continued to turn the screw and Naby Keita gave them a deserved lead on 34 minutes, the Guinean international steering a clever effort into the corner after Thomas Delaney had inadvertently teed him up. Halstenberg then headed an Emil Forsberg free-kick just wide as Leipzig went in a goal to the good at half-time.

Bremen weren't going to give up without a fight, though, and almost forced Dayot Upamecano into scoring an own goal early in the second half. Fin Bartels then attempted a bicycle kick from Delaney's cross, but his acrobatic effort was straight at Peter Gulacsi. The Hungarian keeper provided a number of smart saves for a well-deserved clean sheet, before the hosts pushed for a second in the closing stages. Yussuf Poulsen clipped an effort just wide after a lovely through-ball from Keita, before Bernardo slammed in a superb late half-volley - his first Bundesliga goal - to add some gloss to the scoreline.

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