Preview: Werder Bremen vs. RB Leipzig

It has been a week of capitulation for RB Leipzig. Starting it with a home fixture against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday night, the hosts began the game well and took an early through Sabitzer’s strike from distance. But after Havertz equalised just before the break, Leipzig collapsed in the second-half, conceding three goals in the space of 17 minutes as Leverkusen secured their first win over Die Roten Bullen. Three days later Leipzig faced Marseille where, once again, they faced humiliation. Despite increasing their aggregate lead to two in the 3rd minute, they crashed out of the competition after being thrashed 5-2 on the night at the Stade Vélodrome.

With that all over and done with, Leipzig make the trip to the northwest this weekend to face one of the Bundesliga’s in-form sides. With four wins in their last six matches, only Schalke and recently crowned Bayern Munich post a better record in recent weeks than Werder Bremen.

When Leipzig welcomed them to the Red Bull Arena on matchday 13, life in Bremen was a complete contrast to what it is today. Going into the fixture they had only won once all season and were wallowing near the foot of the table. A situation Leipzig took full advantage of as they secured a 2-0 result against a resilient opponent, thanks to Keïta and Bernardo who both found the net with first-time strikes from outside the area.

Fast-forward five months and the team that Bremen secured their first win of the season against put an end to their five-game unbeaten run on Friday night, as Hannover won 2-1 in front of a home crowd. Going into the half-time break with a 2-0 lead, the home side were able to disrupt Bremen’s game plan with their intense pressing, forcing them to panic on the ball. The visitors were able to take a foothold of the ball in the second-half, and scored a consolation in the 74th minute. But as time ran out, they were unable to create another clear-cut opportunity, leaving them to rue the chances squandered in the first-half.

Match Information

Date: Sunday April 15, 2018

Kick-off: 18:00 (CET)

Venue: Weser-Stadion (capacity: 42,100)

Referee: Christian Dingert

Broadcasting: BT Sports 2 (UK) | Sky Sports Bundesliga 1 (Germany) | Fox Sports 2 (USA)

Previous Meetings

23/10/16: RB Leipzig 3-1 Werder Bremen

18/03/17: Werder Bremen 3-0 RB Leipzig

25/11/17: RB Leipzig 2-0 Werder Bremen

Current Form

Werder Bremen

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-2 (A) | Cologne 3-1 (H) | Augsburg 1-3 (A) | Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 (H) | Hannover 2-1 (A)

RB Leipzig

Bayern Munich 2-1 (H) | Hannover 2-3 (A) | Marseille 1-0 (H) | Bayer Leverkusen 1-4 (H) | Marseille 5-2 (A)

Team News

Werder Bremen

Injured: Fin Bartels (Achilles tendon rupture) | Michael Zetterer (wrist) | Yuning Zhang (torn muscle bundle) | Ludwig Augustinsson (hamstring) | Aron Jóhannsson (ankle)

RB Leipzig

Injured: Marcel Halstenberg (torn anterior cruciate ligament) | Konrad Laimer (torn hamstring) | Dayot Upamecano (thigh) | Marcel Sabitzer (shoulder)

Predicted Line-ups

Werder Bremen

Pavlenka

Gebre Selassie – Veljković – Langkamp – Friedl

Eggestein – Bargfrede –  Delaney

Junuzović

Belfodil – Kruse

 RB Leipzig

Gulácsi

Klostermann – Orban – Konaté – Bernardo

Demme – Keïta

Forsberg – Bruma

Werner – Poulsen

Score Prediction

Werder Bremen 1-2 RB Leipzig

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