Vice-leader of the Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen receives on Tuesday, February 6, Werder Bremen. The game is part of the quarterfinals of the 2017/2018 season of the German Cup. It starts scheduled for 17:45 (Brasília time) at the Bay Arena in Leverkusen.
Tournament regulations require single game definitions. So whoever leads the best advances to the semifinals. Draw provokes completion of 30 minutes. If equality persists in the marker, the definition happens through penalty kicks.
The recent performance of Bayer Leverkusen
On Saturday, February 3, Bayer Leverkusen had a discreet performance but managed to score as a visitor to Freiburg. It was 0-0. Just enough to stay in second place in the Bundesliga. He has 35 points (nine wins, eight draws and four losses). It is the same score of Leipzig, which appears in third for disadvantage in the balance of goals (14 to 4).
The runners-up are the only viable goal to be played in the Bundesliga, which have Bayern Munich shot ahead with 18 points more than the Leverkusen team. Thus, the possibility of title is even for the German Cup.
In the first round of the tournament, Leverkusen was scared. Away from home, he was in the goalless draw with Karlsruher. However, he managed to confirm his favoritism by scoring 3-0 in overtime.
In the second phase, already playing at Bay Arena, did not give Union Berlin a 4-0 win. Borussia Monchengladbach were the first Bundesliga team to face the competition. In the round of 16, as a visitor, he scored 1-0.
To face Werder Bremen, coach Heiko Herrlich has only one medical problem involving headlines. Midfielder Julian Baumgartinger (11 matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship, one goal) suffered a thigh injury. You can not play against Freiburg and you will most likely remain outside the team.
The current form of Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen achieved a significant result on Saturday, February 3, for the twenty-first round of the German Championship. Away from home, they managed to defeat Schalke, who are also in the fight for the runners-up, 2-1. The three points won took the team from the relegation zone.
Now with 20 points (four wins, eight draws and nine defeats), Bremen are in 15th place in the Bundesliga standings. It is not a comfortable situation, since his score is the same as Mainz, sixteenth and first in the relegation zone, but at least it is a bit better than in the previous round.
Thus, the Cup of Germany ends up being in the background, as avoiding the fall to the Second Division is the main goal of the season. However, the team has achieved even more significant results in the tournament than in the German Championship.
In the first phase passed by the Wolfsburg Kickers, like visitor, without any problem. He scored 3-0. Then he took the first team of the elite division of German football. At home, he made 1-0 at Hoffenheim. In the octaves, again at home, they overcame Freiburg 3-2. Both Hoffenheim (new-placed) and Freiburg (twelfth) appear better in the Bundesliga.
To try to overthrow Leverkusen, coach Florian Kohfeldt has to deal with concussion problems. They are handed over to the medical department and are dependent on a new assessment to see if Michael Zetterer (a match in the 2017/2018 German Championship) could be available; defenders Ludovic Sane Lamine (11 games, one goal) and Jesper Verlaat (without performances); and Philipp Bargfrede (16 matches, one goal) and Fin Bartels (14 matches, two goals).
History of the bouts between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen
The teams had a recent encounter. On December 13 of last year, they faced the German Championship. Bayer, at home, won by 1-0 breaking a series of four games without wins against the rival.
Although Werder Bremen have proved capable of achieving unexpected results in difficult situations, being able to play at home makes Leverkusen the best choice for the match. It has a price of 1.50 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 4.00 and visitor victory paid 7.00 per 1. Quotes available at 10:02 of 5/2/2018.