Preview - Bayern Munich vs Werder Bremen 20 April 19

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Match Day 30
Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen
Saturday, April 20th 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich: 
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.69
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (21)

Werder Bremen:
Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match: 1.79
Average goals against per match: 1.41
Top Scorer: Max Kruse (10)

One point clear and only five games to go, Bayern Munich are now looking like strong favourites to retain their Bundesliga crown after what hasn't been the smoothest of season's. There's no time for complacency though, and this week they have a potentially tricky home clash with one of the form sides in the division, Werder Bremen. Themselves only a point off the European positions, Werder have plenty of motivation coming into this one.

Bayern have won the past six meetings between these sides, including a 2-1 win in the reverse of this fixture and a 4-2 success in the game here last season.

Arjen Robben, Manuel Neuer and Christian Früchti are all out for the home side in this one. Fin Bartels looks like being the sole absentee for Werder Bremen.

Bayern's charge towards the title has now seen Nico Kovacs' men win 15 of their past 17 Bundesliga games. They have won their past eight on the spin at home, the three most recent of which have come by 6-0, 6-0 and 5-0 score-lines. Ominous signs for Werder.

The visitors are on a solid run themselves though and arrive here on a twelve-match unbeaten run in the league. They have impressively scored in every away match this season, but on the flipside have only two clean sheets from 14.

Werder have proven tough to beat of late with four of their past five ending in a 1-1 draw. They are going up a whole other level in this one though and we don't see Bayern slipping up.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3 - 1 Werder Bremen


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  28 - 3
Shots on target: 7 - 0
Corner Kicks: 14 - 3
Possession: 70% - 30%

Just the two yellow cards in this one, both for the away side, and both to Milos Veljkovic who was dismissed for a second bookable offence by referee Tobias Welz in the 58th minute.

There may have only been one goal in this at the end, but this was really just as dominant a display from Bayern Munich as many of their recent games. Miles clear on all the key stats, and preventing Werder Bremen from having even a single shot on target over the course of the ninety minutes, they would have been a little unlucky not to have come away with the three points in this one.

It was all Bayern in the opening 45, but Werder were doing pretty well from a defensive standpoint in restricting their hosts mainly to half chances from set-pieces and speculative efforts from outside the area. 0-0 at the break.

The pattern of play continued in much the same vain in the second half, with Robert Lewandowski forcing a decent save from Jiri Pavlenka at his near post. Bayern then received a boost with the dismissal of Welz, but were still struggling to make their dominance tell.

The breakthrough finally did come 15 minutes from time. Niklas Sule picking the ball up around twenty yards out and firing a low effort on goal. His strike took a huge deflection on the way through to leave Pavlenka helpless at it went in down the middle.

Lewandowski clipped the bar with one late effort, but in the end Bayern didn't need a second goal. 1-0 final score.

The Bayern machine continues to purr along then as they retain their place at the top of the table. With Borussia Dortmund also winning this weekend though, that lead still stands at just the one point with four games still to play. Werder now sit in eighth spot and four points off the top six and the European positions.

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