Werder Bremen continues its quest to avoid relegation to the second tier as it hosts seven-time defending champions Bayern Munich at the Weserstadion on June 16, 2020, in Round 32 of the German Bundesliga.
Despite their big victory over Paderborn last weekend, Bremen heads to this match very aware that there is still work to do in order to keep their spot in the German top flight. They currently have 28 points, the same as Fortuna but have an inferior goal difference. Werder Bremen is also just three points behind 15th place Mainz so anything can still happen for them.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich had a sub-par performance against Borussia Monchengladbach last Saturday but the defending Bundesliga champions still picked up a 2-1 victory and moved to within a win of officially claiming an 8th consecutive Bundesliga title.
Werder Bremen enters this matchup in 17th place in the current Bundesliga table. They have 28 points from seven wins, seven draws, and 17 losses. They have scored a total of 35 goals this season but have conceded 64 goals, second most in the league. Bremen ranks 13th in assists with 25 on the season.
In their last game played, Werder Bremen picked up an all-important win against bottom team Paderborn. Werder controlled 52% of ball possession and made 75% of the correct passes while getting eight shots on goal and two corner kicks. Davy Klaasen had his first Bundesliga double while Yuya Osako, Maximilian Eggestein, and Niclas Fullkrug found the back of the net in a 5-1 drubbing of the league’s cellar dwellers.
Milot Rashica leads Werder Bremen with a total of seven goals of the season Klaasen has scored a total of six goals while Osako has netted five times. Rashica and Klaasen also lead the team in assists with five and four respectively. Meanwhile, Nuri Sahin also has three assists for Bremen.
Goalie Jiri Pavlenka ranks 3rd in the Bundesliga with a total of 99 saves. He has registered four clean sheets in 30 appearances this season while allowing one goal per 44 minutes. Werder Bremen has scored the third-fewest goals this season while also ranking 9th in possession time and 7th in passing accuracy.
Odds from MyBookie as of 06/15/2020
The seven-time defending champions have moved to within one win of clinching an 8th straight Bundesliga title. Bayern Munich sit atop the Bundesliga mountain with a total of 73 points from 23 wins, 4 draws, and 4 losses this season. They are comfortably ahead of second-place Borussia Dortmund and a win over Werder Bremen officially make them champions for the 8th consecutive season.
In their last assignment, Bayern had a tougher match than usual. The champs needed an 86th-minute goal to pull off a 2-1 win over the struggling Borussia Monchengladbach. Bayern controlled 49% of possession time while making 84% of the correct passes. They had five shots on goal and three corner kicks/
Robert Lewandowski has scored a total of 30 goals this season. Serge Gnabry has added 12 goals while Philipe Coutinho has netted 8 times this term. Midfielder Thomas Muller leads the team with 20 assists this year while Gnabry has 10 assists and Joshua Kimmich 7 assists and three goals. Manuel Neuer is Bayern’s top goalie with an average of 0.94 goals allowed per 90 minutes. Neuer has a total of 12 clean sheets in 31 league appearances.
Bayern is the top goal scoring team in Germany with a total of 92 goals this season and with three games still to play, they have a shot at hitting 100 for the season. Defensively, they are also the best team in the league with only 31 goals allowed. The champs are also ranked second overall in assists with 70 on the year.
Michael Cuisance and Joshua Zirkzee should be headed back to the bench with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller expected to be recalled after missing action against M’Gladbach due to a suspension. Down the left side, Alphonso Davies and Kingsley Coman are also expected to be recalled for the defending champions.
On the other side, Kohfeldt could possibly hand Leonardo Bittencourt a recall after resting during the weekend. Bittencourt might replace Josh Sargent in the starting lineup but other than that, no major change in the Werder Bremen lineup is expected.
To their credit, Werder Bremen has picked up 10 points in the six games they have played since the restart of the season. Their 5-1 win over Paderborn was impressive and it came after they lost back to back matches without scoring a goal in both games. But I don’t think they can go toe to toe with the best team in the German Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich has not dropped a contest to Werder Bremen since the latter picked up a 5-2 win over Bavaria in September 2008. Bayern has gone unbeaten in their last 26 head to head encounters with 23 wins and 3 draws and they are currently on an 18-game winning streak against this opponent. Sure, Werder Bremen looked good against the worst team in the German top flight but Bayern Munich is a different animal. With a chance to clinch the title on Tuesday, expect Bayern Munich to unleash its might against Werder Bremen.
Prediction: Bayern Munich
Odds from MyBookie as of 06/15/2020
Werder Bremen has conceded a total of 66 goals in their last 18 fixtures. On the other hand, the Bavarians have netted 37 times in their previous 13 meetings on this ground. With Lewandowski and Muller back, Bayern Munich should be unstoppable on offense in this match. I think Bayern is too good for Bremen at both ends of the field.
Prediction: Bayern Munich -2