Preview - Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen 08 May 21

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Match Day 32
Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Saturday, May 8th 2021
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: wohninvest WESERSTADION

Werder Bremen:
Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match: 1.10
Average goals against per match: 1.65
Top Scorer: Kevin Möhwald & Niclas Füllkrug (5)


Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: W D W L W
Average goals per match: 1.65
Average goals against per match: 1.13
Top Scorer: Lucas Alario (11)


It's a big game for both sides at the WESERSTADION on Match Day 32 in the Bundesliga as fourth bottom Werder Bremen play host to sixth placed Bayer Leverkusen.


On a dreadful run, and now only outside of the bottom three on goal difference, Werder Bremen need something out of this one for all too obvious reasons.


Leverkusen meanwhile are up against it in the race for the European positions - five points adrift of fifth placed Borussia Dortmund with only three to play, they need to win this to realistically have any chance at all.


There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse fixture, with the game in Leverkusen ending in a 1-1 draw. Leverkusen ran away with it in a 4-1 win in the game here last season.


Werder do have a number of players listed as doubtful, but no confirmed absentees at present. Lars Bender, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and top scorer Lucas Alario are all expected to miss out for Leverkusen.


Werder Bremen hadn't looked to be in major trouble, but a run of seven successive league defeats has changed all that. They have won only three of 15 so far at home this season, scoring more than once in only two of those games.


Having won five of their first seven on the road, they have now picked up maximum points in only one of their last eight, failing to score in each of their last three.


It's hard to be confident in Werder Bremen at present, but facing a Leverkusen outfit for whom the goals seem to have dried up, they may just get a point out of this one.




Prediction: Werder Bremen 1 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen




Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 12 - 14
Shots on target: 1 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 6
Possession: 38% - 62%
Referee: Markus Schmidt

Cards:
Werder Bremen: Joshua Sargent (Yellow), Christian Gross (Yellow), Theodor Gebre Selassie (Yellow), Eren Dinkci (RED 90+4 minutes)
Bayer Leverkusen: Daley Sinkgraven (Yellow), Patrik Schick (Yellow)

Goals:
None


Analysis:
Bayer Leverkusen had the first big opportunity of the game. Daley Sinkgraven sending an excellent delivery into the area from out on the left-hand side. Patrik Schick getting to it but only able to send his header wide of the right hand upright. The big forward likely disappointed not to have at least worked the keeper.
Schick turned provider soon after when finding Leon Bailey in the left of the area. Bailey firing an effort goalward but a combination of flying back defenders doing well to get the block in.
Werder then began to come a bit more into it. Ludwig Augustinsson sending a good cross over from the left to find Niclas Füllkrug, but the striker could only send his effort over the bar.
Bailey then had another effort well saved by the legs of Jiri Pavlenka, before Leverkusen did look to have taken the lead. Florian Wirtz tapping in at the far post, only to have his effort chalked off for offside upon VAR review. Goalless at the interval.
Bremen brighter at the start of the second half; Davie Selkie forcing a fairly routine save from keeper Lukas Hradecky and strike partner Füllkrug sending another header narrowly wide.
It was Bayer who had the big chance to win it ten minutes from time. Wendell through on goal in the left of the area, a little wide but with only the keeper to beat. Pavlenka pulling off the excellent stop to earn his side a point.
Dincki's straight red for a cynical foul around the ankles of Nadiem Amiri being a blot for Werder, but coming too late to affect the game.


League Standings:  Werder sit fifth bottom, a solitary point clear of the drop zone but having now played a game more than those below them. Leverkusen sixth, five points off the Europa League spot with only two games remaining.




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