After a pretty solid previous season when they ended up at the seventh position just a point behind Europa League placed Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder is having a far more difficult season this time.
After twenty-four matches played, they have earned just eighteen points and are just a point above the rock bottom-placed Paderborn. More importantly, they are five points behind play-out placed Dusseldorf and have no time to lose now.
They’ve been especially disappointing at home, counting just one victory out of eleven matches and even though they now welcome a strong opponent, there’s no other option but to try to surprise.
Bremen team news
The participation of defender Toprak (10/0) is doubtful. Suspended for this game is offensive midfielder Klaassen (24/4). Injured are left-back Augusinsson (8/0), strikers Pizarro (15/0), and Fullkrug (4/2).
Leverkusen is doing pretty fine in this season, however, there’s no doubt that their biggest target is reaching the Champions League spot at the end of the season. Currently, they are four points behind fourth-placed RB Leipzig and a victory in this one would bring them a step closer to the goal.
They had four victories and a draw in the last five Bundesliga rounds before the pause and were, in general, a very good mood inside the locker room.
As for the Europa League, they are still in contention with a good victory on the road away to Rangers 1:3 in the 1/8 finals stage, however, no doubt that all the efforts are now pointed into the Bundesliga games.
Forward Volland (22/9) is out with an ankle injury and should be only missing players for the guests.
Goals are expected within both sides
This is pretty much one of the last chances for Werder Bremen to get more active in the relegation battle and they simply must play more openly here. Leverkusen remains a favorite, but are far from a reliable side after all, especially after such a long pause. Goals shouldn’t lack though in either of the nets.