Preview - Wolfsburg vs Werder Bremen 04 March 19

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Match Day 24
Wolfsburg vs. Werder Bremen
Monday, March 4th 2019
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Volkswagen Arena

Last five matches form: L W D W W
Average goals per match: 1.65
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Wout Weghorst (9)

Werder Bremen:
Last five matches form: D D W D D
Average goals per match: 1.65
Average goals against per match: 1.48
Top Scorer: Maximilian Eggestein (5)

It's seventh versus tenth in the last of the Match Day 24 fixtures in the Bundesliga as Wolfsburg play host to Werder Bremen at the Volkswagen Arena.

Only one point off the Europa League and four off the Champion's League positions, Wolfsburg have plenty to play for in the second half of the season and will be looking to keep up the momentum with three points here.

Seven points adrift of the top six, Werder have very little room for error if they are to be playing European football next season. They have been proving very tough to beat of late, but face a difficult challenge here.

Werder did beat Wolfsburg 2-0 earlier in the season though and came away with a point following a 1-1 draw in this game last season.

Ignacio Camacho, Daniel Ginczek and Ismail Azzaoui are out for the home side. Werder must do without Fin Bartels and Aron Jóhannsson.

Wolfsburg's home form has been decidedly mixed this season - their league position is largely down to their excellent form on the road. They have won only four of eleven in front of their own fans, but three of those wins have come in five of their most recent games here.

Werder have lost only one of their past eight in the league, but have drawn five of those games. Their overall away record is actually identical to that of Wolfsburg at home, with four wins, four defeats and three draws from their eleven games to date. They have scored in every away game so far.

This looks like being close. Wolfsburg have been playing marginally the better of late for us though and with home advantage can just edge it.

Prediction: Wolfsburg 2 - 1 Werder Bremen


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  13 - 12
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 59% - 41%

Two bookings at the Volkswagen Arena, both for the away side, with referee Daniel Siebert taking the names of Maximilian Eggestein and Ludwig Augustinsson.

The home side were the better side on the day, leading the possession and shot count. Wolfsburg may well have edged it, but not to the extent that they can said to have been really unlucky not to win. It was a failure to grab that second goal whilst they were on top which ultimately proved their undoing.

Both sides had their chances early. Werder looking very threatening at times with balls into the area and Wolfsburg having an early goal chalked off for offside. 0-0 at the break.

The pattern of play was largely the same in the second half. Wolfsburg having just about the best of it but Werder continuing to look dangerous when getting the ball into wide positions.

The home side then took the lead in the 54th minute. Maximilian Arnold sending in a free kick from deep on the right and John Brooks rising highest to flick a header over the keeper and in from around seven yards out towards the right corner of the six-yard box.

The equaliser came in the 74th minute. Eggestein bringing the ball in from the right and playing a wonderful ball into the six yard box from towards the right corner of the eighteen yard area. Max Kruse arriving to finish high and in on the volley from three or four yards. 1-1 final score.

A point apiece may have been just about a fair result on the day, but hasn't really done all that much to further the European hopes of either side. Of course both are still in with a chance. Wolfsburg sit in seventh only a point off the top six. Werder are six points further back in tenth and have a lot of work to do.

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