Ingolstadt vs Werder by Gustav
Ingolstadt couldn't do much more in their 2:0 defeat away to in-form Wolfsburg last weekend. Class difference was obvious in this match, since the hosts looked better from the first minute and already sealed the victory with goals from Draxler in 26th and Knoche in 39th minute. On the other hand, players of Ingolstadt tried to respond in the second half and did create some chances, but it wasn't enough to change the outcome.
Mostly, it was due the fact that the players of Wolfsburg were actually satisfied with their lead, so they switched to a bit more passive role. As for previous results, Ingolstadt has two victories in home matches since the restart of the league, so no doubt that they'll try to continue on positive streak in front of own fans. Currently, the team stands 12th with six points more than play-out placed Werder and a defeat here would be a huge setback for them. Ingolstadt will be starting in quite attacking 4-3-3 formation with Leckie, Harmann and Lezcano as strikers. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will probably make minimal changes ahead of this game, while he continues to miss right full back Tobias Levels (16/1) and defensive Danielo Soares (1/0).
Werder Bremen, on the other side, comes into this match after a draw at home against Hoffenheim last weekend. However, it has to be said that the players of Werder simply did much more on the field, looked way more serious and concrete with the ball to their feet and did deserve more than just a point here.
Visitors took the lead in 10th minute via Kramaric, while the hosts replied three minutes later with a goal from Djilobodji, continuing to be a better side, but without any effectivity. Their domination got increased in the second half when the guests stood playing with a man less in last fifteen minutes, but without any significant change on the field. Visitors will continue in their usual 4-4-2 with Pizarro and Ujah as strikers. Sambou Yatabare will probably make his Bundesliga debut here in the center of midfield. They won't change much in comparison to previous matches, as they continue to miss goalkeeper Raphael Wolf (no performance for the first team this season anyway), but also left full back Janek Sternberg (5/0), central midfielder Philipp Bargfrede (14/0) and forward Aron Johansson (6/2). Midfielder Clemens Fritz is doutbful and his participation will be decided before the start.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Werder Bremen's last 7 away games (Bundesliga).
Ingolstadt have been doing really well in previous few weeks and are now six points abvoe Bremen, surely wanting to extend their lead in relegation battle. Bremen, however, has no other option but to attack here since they will be playing against direct candidates in relegation battle and need to get all three points. The game itself, should be much more open and attacking than the bookmakers predict.