Werder Bremen vs Koln by Gustav
Werder Bremen weren't anywhere close to favorites last weekend in previous Bundesliga game, but the side managed to get a point in a 2:2 draw away from home against Gladbach, traditionally difficult home side on previous Friday evening.
Their hosts have entered the game far better, took the lead already in fifth minute via Zakaria and doubled up the lead later on in 33rd minute, limiting the opponent to pretty defensive role in the first part of the game. However, we have seen completely different image in the second halftime, as the guests appeared with much bigger determination and have dominated and showed great fighting spirit.
Their goals came via Delaney in 59th and Johansson in 78th minute in a game that have finished with quite fair outcome in the end, with both teams being better in each of the halftimes. This was second consecutive game without defeat for Werder, as the side looks improved since the restart of the league, having only two losses in eight Bundesliga matches this year. They are now at fourteenth position but still far away from a safe side, having just two points less than play-out placed Mainz.
Home side should be playing in a version of 4-3-3 with Kainz, Kruse and Johansson as forwards. Goalkeeper Michael Zetterer (1/0) remains sidelined due injury, as well as forward FIn Bartels (14/2). Midfielder Jerome Gondorf (16/1) is out undergoing surgery.
After two games without a defeat, a point taken in front of own fans against Hannover and a surprising victory on the road to Leipzig, players of Koln didn't manage to get a positive outcome in previous round when the side got defeated in front of own fans against Stuttgart with a 2:3 result.
They have opened up the game in a best possible way taking the lead already in seventh minute with a goal from Pizarro and actually didn't look poor at all, but the defensive record is something that they need to work on badly. Visitors managed to surprise them at the end of the halftime and have scored twice in last two minutes, via Gomez both times in a bit unexpected ending of the first part.
Beck increased the lead to 3:1 in 57th minute, as it was hard for the hosts to get back into the game, even though they have dominated the ball possession till the end only managing to reduce the deficit few minutes before the end with a goal from Jojic. After this defeat, they are still at the rock bottom position with a point less than Hamburger SV, but with eight points less than safely placed Wolfsburg and play-out placed Mainz.
Guests are set to play in a version of 3-4-1-2 formation with Pizarro and Terodde as strikers, plus Bittencourt as central offensive midfielder. Midfielder Christian Clemens (9/1) is out injured, as well as forward Sehrou Guirassy (15/4). Midfielder Chris Fuhrich (2/0) is doubtful coming off from injury.
- Werder Bremen are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 home matches against Koln.
- Koln have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 away matches (Bundesliga).
Everything except an open game here would be huge surprise. Werder is a favorite and surely going after all three points, while the visitors from Koln have nothing to wait for and need to attack, afterall they are eight points behind the safe zone and only a victory here could give them slight hope for survival. They do look better and surely have the quality to score, but remaining with vulnerable defense too.