German Bundesliga - Werder Bremen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt - Preview & Prediction
Two teams with a game in hand will finally play out their postponed fixture from Matchday 24, as 12th-placed Eintracht Frankfurt is set to pay a visit to 17th-placed Werder Bremen. Kick-off - at 14:30 PM ET on Wednesday, June 3.
Bremen Edge Out Schalke
Werder Bremen’s battle for survival in the Bundesliga continued with the team’s third consecutive point game (W2 D1) after the Green-Whites picked up a 1-0 victory against Schalke 04 away at Veltins-Arena on Saturday. After banking a 1-0 triumph over Freiburg on May 23 and holding top-four hopefuls Borussia Monchengladbach to a goalless draw last Tuesday, Werder Bremen have now recorded three consecutive Bundesliga clean sheets for the first time since 2014, as Leonardo Bittencourt, who scored the winner versus Freiburg smashed in Saturday’s only snipe from 30 yards out. The team remains second-bottom in the league (W6 D7 L15), sitting two points below the relegation play-off spot and three off outright safety, but with a game in hand.
Kosovar striker Milot Rashica tops Bremen’s scoring chart with seven markers but hasn’t found the back of the net for 13 consecutive Bundesliga games. Goalie Jiri Pavlenka, meanwhile, sits 4th in the league with 89 saves. He has picked up four clean sheets in 27 appearances for the Green-Whites, allowing a goal every 43 minutes on average. Werder Bremen have scored the absolute lowest quantity of league goals so far this season (30), while posting the 12th highest amount of shots per game (12.4). They are 9th in ball possession (48.6%) and 7th in passing accuracy (78.7%).
Frankfurt End Winless Run
A six-game winless streak (D1 L5) finally ended for Eintracht Frankfurt, who snatched a 2-1 victory against Wolfsburg away at Volkswagen Arena on Saturday. The Eagles were outshot 19-7 and controlled the ball just 47% of the time, but opened the scoring with a first-half penalty by Andre Silva, with Daichi Kamada netting the winner just five minutes from time after the hosts tied the proceedings in the second half. Eintracht Frankfurt has now scored 17 league goals in the last 15 minutes of their games this season. They are 12th in the Bundesliga (W9 D5 L14), sitting five points above the bottom three.
Austrian center-back Martin Hinteregger still leads his team with eight goals buried so far this season, with the Portuguese duo of Goncalo Paciencia, who is injured, and in-form Andre Silva, who has picked up three goals in his last four Bundesliga appearances, both having picked up seven markers. Goalie Kevin Trapp, meanwhile, occupies the 16th place in the league with 61 saves. He has three clean sheets in 17 games this year, giving up a goal every 48 minutes on average. The Eagles are 6th in most goals scored this season (46), 3rd in most shots taken (15.2 per game), 10th in ball possession (48.5%), and 3rd from the bottom in passing accuracy (75.3%).
Werder Bremen have gone unbeaten against Eintracht Frankfurt in their last four league encounters (W2 D2) and are set for another positive result when both will meet up on Wednesday, with the Green-Whites currently enjoying a three-game unbeaten run (W2 D1). The Eagles banked an away win against Wolfsburg on Saturday, but still remain the worst road team in the Bundesliga so far this season, with just 10 points collected from a possible 42 (W3 D1 L10). Do check on the latest team news as well! Leonardo Bittencourt, who buried both winners in Bremen’s last two victories, is in excellent scoring form but did pick up an injury on Saturday and still remained doubtful for the clash against Frankfurt in the time of writing. Once cleared, he is an excellent choice for an Anytime Goalscorer bet, trading at an inviting +310.
Werder Bremen to win (+175)
Leonardo Bittencourt to score anytime (+310)