STAR PREVIEW Mon: Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen

The last game of the Bundesliga’s return weekend takes place with Werder Bremen taking on Bayer Leverkusen. The two will be well known, to even the casual viewers, as two of the bigger names in the division, but they are both having very different seasons – after winning just four games all season, Bremen are in the relegation zone, whilst Leverkusen are only two points outside the top four.

Bremen’s situation comes after a barren run of nine defeats in their last 11 league matches, with just two points in that time coming against Hertha Berlin and Fortuna Dusseldorf. The shutdown came at the wrong time for Leverkusen, who had taken 13 points from their last 15 on offer, a run that had them second only to Bayern Munich before the league’s suspension.

Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen
Bundesliga 19:30
BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport App

(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
OCT 2019 BUNDESLIGA Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Werder Bremen
MAR 2019 BUNDESLIGA Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Werder Bremen
OCT 2018 BUNDESLIGA Werder Bremen 2-6 Bayer Leverkusen
MAY 2018 BUNDESLIGA Werder Bremen 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen
FEB 2018 GERMAN CUP Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 Werder Bremen
DEC 2017 BUNDESLIGA Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Werder Bremen
MAR 2017 BUNDESLIGA Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Werder Bremen
OCT 2016 BUNDESLIGA Werder Bremen 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
MAR 2016 BUNDESLIGA Bayer Leverkusen 1-4 Werder Bremen
FEB 2016 BUNDESLIGA Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Werder Bremen

We cannot attach a huge amount of importance to recent form given the circumstances – but Leverkusen’s position as favourites looks to be correct and games being played behind closed doors is probably not a bad thing for travelling sides who would normally have to face hostile atmospheres.

Bremen hopes are likely to rest upon for their star youngster Milot Rashica, who has been directly involved in 11 Bundesliga goals this season, leading the club in terms of goals (seven) and assists (four). He’s got a lot on his plate however, with three notable absences – due to a suspension incurred a couple of months ago Davy Klassen won’t be playing for the first time this season, whilst Claudio Pizarro, Niclas Fullkrug and Ludwig Augustinsson have also been ruled out.

That gives the advantage to Leverkusen on paper and whilst Kevin Volland is out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, Kai Havertz (directly involved in 11 goals this season, scoring six and adding five assists) can fill in for him with great effect and Leverkusen can get the better of Bremen here in what’s a crucial closed doors game.

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