15:30 (CEST), Saturday 26th August, Weser-Stadion (Bremen, Germany)
It was an ideal start to the season for Bayern as they took the initiative in front of a packed Allianz Arena. We saw Bayern Munich league debuts for record signing Corentin Tolisso, Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy as Carlo Ancelotti looks to find the right balance for his side.
Werder Bremen put in a valiant effort but to no prevail as they were beaten on the opening weekend of the season. Alexander Nouri’s side could’ve done with some clinical finishing in front of goal, but did show signs that they will provide a difficult test for any side on their day. Can Bremen take something away from this clash or will it be a perfect amount of points at the end of 90 minutes?
Last Time Out
Hoffenheim 1-0 Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen made the journey south to take on Hoffenheim as both sides were eager to get the league campaign underway. Jiri Pavlenka was solid early on to thwart the efforts coming his way but at the other end, Bremen should’ve taken the lead when Fin Bartels played a central pass to Florian Kainz. The midfielder placed his shot wide of an empty net in a miss of the season contender.
Alexander Norui’s side would be made to pay as Hoffenheim continued to ramp up the pressure and on 84 minutes Bremen would be broken open. Ádám Szalai providing the final pass and Andrej Kramarić securing the points for Hoffenheim.
Bayern Munich 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich had the honour once again of hosting the season opener at the Allianz Arena. Unlike many years where Bayern would face a typically easy opponent, Bayer Leverkusen were thrown into the ring of fire for matchday 1. It would be Bayern who would take the lead on 9 minutes thanks to new signing Niklas Süle and moments later it was two with new signing Corentin Tolisso finishing off Arturo Vidal’s cross.
A new innovation that has been introduced in the Bundesliga this season is the aid of the Video Assistant Referee to help the on field referee with difficult decisions as well as bad calls missed, i.e penalties for examples. It was utilised on opening night with the VAR spotting Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aránguiz had fouled Robert Lewandowski in the area.
Lewandowski stepped up to put Bayern three to the good. Leverkusen would pull one back thanks to a thunderous effort by Admir Mehmedi but it was all smiles as Bayern start the new campaign with a win.
Werder Bremen Lineup
We shall see a more defensive look to Werder Bremen in their home opener against Bayern Munich. Jerome Gondorf and Philipp Bargfrede will come in for Florian Kainz and Maximilian Eggestein to bring more strength and stability into the Bremen midfield. Defensively we won’t see any changes but Luca Caldirola is an option if needed. Zlatko Junuzović and Niklas Moisander are still out with injury.
Bayern Munich Lineup
Some good news to come out of the Bayern camp with Manuel Neuer, Thiago and Javi Martinez all set to be available for the trip to Bremen. The likeliest to start will be keeper Manuel Neuer who has been out with a foot injury which carried over from the end of last season. The Bayern captain if past fit, will start in place of Sven Ulrich.
Arjen Robben came off the bench last time and should be a starter in Bremen. Bayern will be sweating on the fitness of Mats Hummels who was substituted off in the second half, if fit he starts alongside Niklas Süle.
Key Battle: Thomas Delaney vs Corentin Tolisso
Corentin Tolisso came to Bayern Munich as the club’s record signing stating that he joined the record champions to win titles. Against Bayer Leverkusen, Tolisso put in a man of the match display to help Bayern take all three points on the opening day of the season. Tolisso completed 79% of his passes and a did a good job drawing fouls with 4, Franck Ribéry drew more fouls for Bayern against Leverkusen.
The engine of Werder Bremen will need to be on his game against a rampant Bayern Munich midfield. Delaney didn’t put I his best shift against Hoffenheim completing 61% of his passes which was the worst amongst Bremen players. The Danish midfielder was very much a non-factor and must be better equipped this weekend otherwise the Bremen midfield doesn’t stand much of a chance against Tolisso and Bayern Munich.
Must take chance
With the limited chances, Werder Bremen will have in front of goals, it’s important that they are able to take advantage of those chances. Last week against Hoffenheim, Bremen created 11 shots on goal with a dismal 29% of efforts hitting the target. One effort that should’ve been put away was this horrendous miss by Florian Kainz.
If Bremen don’t take chances like these, they have absolutely no chance of getting anything out of this contest against with Bayern.
Happy Hunting ground
It's fair to say that Bayern Munich love playing Werder Bremen and are currently on a 13 game winning streak with the last non-win for the record champions coming in September of 2010. Since then it has been pain and misery for Bremen as Bayern have brought the pain which has included some smashing results.
Bayern have also shipped a tonne of goals, since the 2014/15 season, Bayern have hit the back of the net 24 times to Werder Bremen’s 1 which came in the last meeting between the two sides. Fair to say that Bayern have left Werder fans red faced.
Prediction: Werder Bremen 0-3 Bayern Munich
Recent history doesn’t favour Werder Bremen and, unfortunately, it won’t get any better for the club along the River Weser. Bayern have the potential return of more quality players and Bremen just don’t have the depth to stop anything the record champions will produce.
This game could get ugly pretty quick especially if Bremen can’t take advantage of the minimal opportunities they have. One hopes for a good contest but I don’t expect one here.
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