Cologne will be mighty disappointed by their recent performances that saw them occupy Europa League spots and have now slipped down to 8th spot in the table, 3 points behind Bremen who occupy the last Europa League spot. Cologne have infant now won a game since a month now, losing to Gladbach and Augsburg while drawing with Hoffenheim and Dortmund, which is the main reason for setting them back. Defensively they have been quite poor conceding in 11 out of their last 13 games in the Bundesliga while also conceding in 5 out of the last 6 encounters at home. Cologne however still boast a great attacking threat in Modeste who has scored 23 goals in 31 games. His struggle to score over the last 3 games has been a major factor on their poor showing, so they will definitely need him to step up in the coming encounter. The supporting cast of Osako, Rudnevs, Jojic and Zoller have to definitely lend a helping hand.
Werder Bremen have been the form team of the Bundesliga that saw them shoot up to the Europa League spot after sitting the relegation zone in early February; and they were able to do that with a 11 match unbeaten run heading into this encounter. Las week they beat Hertha Berlin who were above them in the table with a comfortable 2-0 victory and that confidence will be great for them heading into this encounter. Werder Bremen have relied a lot a full team effort with goals coming from all over the park including from: Kruse (14 goals), Gnabry (10 goals), Bartels (6 goals), Delaney (4 goals), Junuzovic (3 goals). Out of 11 games where they have an unbeaten run; they have won 8 of those matches by a minimum of a 2 goal margin; which gives a lot of confidence to their team as they go in search of another win. Away from home they have tended to be leaky in defense conceding in 87% of their away games this season and in 81% of the seasons games overall.
This game is going to be a battle for Europa League spots and both teams are going to go for the victory especially with Cologne have nothing to lose.