Preview - Werder Bremen vs RasenBallsport Leipzig

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Match Day 30
Werder Bremen vs RasenBallsport Leipzig
Monday, April 16th, 2018
01:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Weser-Stadion

Werder Bremen: 
Last five matches form: D W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Max Kruse (6)

RasenBallsport Leipzig:
Last five matches form: W W W L L
Average goals per match: 1.52
Average goals against per match: 1.41
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (11)

Werder Bremen play host to Leipzig this weekend in a match which may have more riding on it for the visitors.

Nine points clear of the relegation zone and ten adrift of the European places, Bremen only really have pride to play for on the run in.

Leipzig meanwhile would have had Champions League qualification as a minimum requirement this season. Whilst they are only two points adrift of Levrkusen in fourth, games will start to run out soon and any further slip ups may see even their Europa league position under threat.

Werder Bremen look to be approaching full strength at the back but have doubts further forward. Striker Fin Bartels misses out whilst left winger Ludwig Augustinsson is a significant doubt.

Not a good week for Leipzig. A total of nine goals conceded in just two games seeing them thrashed at home by Bayer Leverkusen and unceremoniously dumped out of the Europa League by Marseille. Is the long season beginning to take its toll? They go into battle without right back Marcel Halstenberg here but otherwise look to be at full strength.

Leipzig are the better side on paper but appear to be running on fumes at present. Werder Bremen are on a good run at home, with six wins and three draws in their last nine outings. We see the home side coming out on top.

Prediction: Werder Bremen 2 - 1 RasenBallsport Leipzig


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 16 - 10
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 42% - 58%

Niklas Moisander and Thomas Delaney were shown the yellow card for the home side, whilst Leipzig's Willi Orban also had his name taken by referee Christian Dingert.

It was Bremen who took the lead in the 28th minute. Max Kruse hitting a free kick which Péter Gulácsi could only parry back into the danger zone. Niklas Moisander facing a simple task to slot home. Bremen held their lead into the break as Leipzig failed to register a shot on target in the first half.

Adama Lookman was sent on for Leipzig in the second half and had an almost immediate impact. Stefan Ilsanker swinging a cross into the area in the 50th minute, Lookman meeting the ball with a volley from around six yards which found the bottom right hand corner.

Leipzig came on the stronger having equalised, forcing Jiri Pavlenka into a couple of smart stops. As the match wore on though it was Werder Bremen who began to look the more likely winners, with the home side really applying the pressure in the final ten minutes.

In the end though neither side could find the winner and a draw was probably a fair result.

Werder Bremen don't really have anywhere to go this season, being safe from relegation but nowhere near the European spots. They at least don't seem to have thrown the towel in though and put up a spirited performance to pick up a point and maintain their position in 12th.

With Dortmund losing at Schalke, this was an ideal opportunity for Leipzig to close the gap to fourth place. They didn't take full advantage though and are still four points adrift of the Champions League positions.

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