Preview - Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen 17 March 19

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Match Day 26
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Werder Bremen
Sunday, March 17th 2019
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: BayArena

Bayer Leverkusen: 
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.84
Average goals against per match: 1.48
Top Scorer: Kevin Volland (12)

Werder Bremen:
Last five matches form: W D D D W
Average goals per match: 1.72
Average goals against per match: 1.48
Top Scorer: Max Kruse & Milot Rashica (6)

Six plays ninth on Match Day 26 in the Bundesliga as Bayer Leverkusen play host to Werder Bremen at the BayArena.

Leverkusen currently occupy one of the Europa League qualifying positions and will be aiming to at least hold on to that and possibly move up into the Champion's League spots. Werder Bremen are six points further back, but a win here would bring them right back into the picture.

Leverkusen ran riot in the first game between the sides this season, coming away from Bremen with a 6-2 win. Leverkusen also won they game here last season, but this time by a much narrower 1-0 score-line.

Joel Pohjanpalo looks like being the only absentee for the home side. Werder Bremen will be without Sebastian Langkamp and the suspended Milos Veljkovic.

Leverkusen are on a strong run of form at present with nine wins in their past twelve in the league. They have won six of their last seven at home, scoring two or more in five of those games and keeping four clean sheets.

Werder are also going pretty well though and arrive here unbeaten in their past eight in the Bundesliga. One of the draw specialists in the division, their past three away fixtures have all finished up 1-1.

Werder will likely be a tough nut to crack, but Leverkusen are playing pretty well going forward at present and are fancied to have enough to just edge this one.

Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 1 Werder Bremen


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  15 - 11
Shots on target: 2 - 5
Corner Kicks: 10 - 3
Possession: 71% - 29%

Lars Bender, Aleksandar Dragovic and Wendell were all booked for the home side, with referee Deniz Aytekin also taking the names of Nuri Sahin and Jiri Pavlenka of Werder Bremen.

One of those days for Bayer Leverkusen. Completely dominating possession and territory, they nevertheless ended up on the wrong end of a heavy home defeat. In truth they were never really able to make enough use of the ball they did have though, and Bremen were ruthless with their chances on the day.

Werder started brightly here, seeming intent on going for the throat early. That approach paid off in the 13th minute. Maximilian Eggestein breaking from midfield and slipping in Max Kruse in the left of the area. Smart finish from Kruse into the bottom right corner from around 14 yards out in the left of the box.

After 37 minutes the visitors were two to the good. Hitting Leverkusen on the counter, there was a foul in midfield, but the referee played the advantage allowing Kruse to advance down the left. His ball inside freeing Milot Rashica in the right of the area and Rashica finishing in off the keeper from twelve yards. 0-2 at the break.

The home side pulled one back with 15 minutes to play. Cracking free kick from Leon Bailey, lining up the ball around 25 yards out in a central position and curling his effort into the top left corner.

It was Leverkusen who had the last word though in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Another counterattack. Martin Harnik showing good awareness to find Kruse free in the right of the area. Classy finish from Kruse, cutting inside his marker and dinking the ball into the left-hand side of the goal from eleven yards. 1-3 final score.

A blow for Leverkusen in their pursuit of Champion's League football. They now sit sixth and five points adrift of those top four positions. Werder Bremen climb to eighth and three points off Europa League qualification.

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