Preview - Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen 29 October 18

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Match Day 9
Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Monday, October 29th 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Weserstadion

Werder Bremen: 
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.88
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Maximilian Eggestein (4)

Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: W W L D D
Average goals per match: 1.13
Average goals against per match: 1.88
Top Scorer: Kevin Volland (2)

Two of the traditional big names of the German game lock horns at the Weserstadion this weekend as Werder Bremen play host top Bayer Leverkusen.

There wasn't much to split these two in the league last season with this game ending in a goalless draw and Leverkusen winning the reverse 1-0.

Stefanos Kapino, Ole Käuper, Aron Jóhannson and Fin Bartels all miss out for the home side. Leverkusen must make do without Joel Pohjanpalo and Charles Aránguiz.

It is Werder who are fairing much the better of these two sides so far this season. Tasting defeat in just the one Bundesliga game so far this season, they are currently riding high in third spot and head into this seeking a third win on the spin. They are unbeaten in 16 at home in the league.

With just the two wins from their opening eight games, Leverkusen are currently nearer bottom than top, sitting in thirteenth place headed into Match Day 9. Held to draws against both Freiburg and Hannover in their two latest outings in the league, they were beaten in the Europa League in midweek and look to be up against it here.

Werder Bremen are playing the better football of these at present and will be the more rested side here. We see the home side taking all three points.

Prediction: Werder Bremen 2 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen


Half time: 0 - 3
Full time: 2 - 6
Shots:  14 - 17
Shots on target: 8 - 12
Corner Kicks: 6 - 6
Possession: 57% - 43%

Two bookings apiece at the Weserstadion. Referee Marco Fritz taking the names of Sebastian Langkamp and Milos Veljkovic of Werder Bremen and Kevin Volland and Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayer badly needed a big result to reignite their stalling season, and they certainly got it here on what was a night to forget for the home side.

This one was effectively all over by half time. The opening goal came in just the eighth minute. Karim Bellarabi in space to the right-hand side and playing in an excellent low ball across the six-yard box to find Kevin Violland arriving at the far post to finish into the bottom left.

The second came after 38 minutes. Very similar build up with another low ball from the right. Keeper Jiri Pvlenka got to it this time but could only push the ball out towards the edge of the area where Julian Brandt was arriving to power the ball low past the keeper.

The third arrived on the stroke of half time. Bellarabi yet again in acres down the right and moving into the area before dinking the ball into the bottom right past the outrushing Pavlenka. 0-3 at the break.

Werder badly needed to wake up and did begin to mount a comeback in the second half.

Davy Klaassen slipped in Claudio Pizzaro on the hour mark and the front man finished nicely into the bottom right from around 12 yards. 1-3.

Two minutes later it really was game on. Yuya Osako reacting quickest when a corner was flicked on into the six-yard box and turning past the keeper. 2-3.

That's as good as it got for Werder though.

In the 67th minute Bayer grabbed their fourth. Volland playing in Kai Havertz down the left. Havertz breaking into the area and finishing with a clever dinked effort from a tight angle.

Five minutes later it was five. Aleksandar Dragovic credited with getting the final touch at the far post when a corner was swung in from the left.

The final goal came in the 77th minute. Sebastian Langkamp turning the ball into his own net following a low cross from the right to compound a miserable evening for the hosts.

Werder Bremen stay fourth. Leverkusen move up to twelfth.

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