Ingolstadt vs Werder Bremen by Gustav
After three consecutive victories, it seemed like Ingolstadt might be able to beat all the odds and secure their Bundesliga status for the next season even before this one is over, however they were back to reality last weekend as the team suffered 3:0 defeat away to Wolfsburg.
They tried away to Wolfsburg first, but soon understood they won't be dominating the game, as the hosts cruised to a victory with an own goal at the end of the first halftime, but also with double in second part thanks to Malli and Gomez - overall deserving the victory as they looked way more concrete in offense. The team previously won over Augsburg, Mainz and Darmstadt, still improving their chances in the relegation battle, as they now stand second from the bottom but with four points less than safely placed Mainz and play-out placed Augsburg meaning that they need a victory badly here again.
Leczano should lead their attack, but also with the help of Leckie, Gross and Kittel as offensive midfielders. Central defenders Romain Bregerie (14/3), Marvin Matip (29/0) and left back Markus Suttner (27/4) are all suspended for this one. Forward Moritz Hartmann is doubtful.
Werder Bremen, on the other side, is really playing in impressive way in last couple of months, as the team remains undefeated in last nine matches in Bundesliga, but not only that - they have gathered seven victories and just two draws. Most recently, the side managed to overpower Hamburger SV with a 2:1 result on Sunday evening.
Their visitors took the lead in sixth minute via Gregoritsch, but the hosts soon replied with much improved performance and managed to level up the result in 41st via Kruse. They continued being slightly better and being more concrete in offense, scoring the second goal in 75th via Kainz and leaving no space for HSV to respond further. The side is now just two points behind Europa League placed Freiburg and remains in a must win situation.
Visitors are set to be playing in 3-4-1-2 formation, using Bartels and Gnabry as forwards, plus Kruse as offensive midfielder. Robert Bauer is fully fit again, while suspended for this match remains offensive midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic (26/3). Injured are offensive midfielder Izet Hajrovic (10/1), defensive midfielder Thomas Delaney (9/4), midfielder Clemens Fritz (18/0) and central defender Luca Caldirola (5/0).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Werder Bremen's last 5 games (Bundesliga).
Ingolstadt needs to attack here as only a three pointer brings them back to life, but Werder, on the other side, seems to be in the best form during all season and are now even chasing the European exit, also being in a must win situation. With both teams needing points badly and hosts missing important defenders for this one, I see the game being as open as possible.