14:30 GMT 28 January 2017
Bundesliga champions and European giants, Bayern Munich, travel to Weser-stadion fully expecting to go back to Munich with all 3 points. Werder Bremen will be hoping to get their season back on track with a big statement of intent against Bayern. Bayern Munich find themselves top of the table, as would be expected, with a 3-point gap between them and surprise package, RB Leipzig after 17 games. Werder Bremen head into round 18 of the Bundesliga in 15th, a position that they won’t be happy to be sitting in.
The two sides met on the first day of the season at the Allianz Arena and Bayern Munich ran out emphatic 6-0 winners, the largest win margin in the Bundesliga so far this season. The last time Werder Bremen beat Bayern Munich in the league was in 2008 where they won 5-2 at the Allianz. They have failed to win the 17 league games between the two since, drawing 3.
Head to head matches: Werder Bremen - Bayern Munich
|26.08.2016||Bund||Bayern Munich||Werder Bremen||6:0|
Werder Bremen’s form in the last few games has been vastly improved, winning 1 of their last 4 games and drawing 2. Although they were beaten last time out against Dortmund, it was a promising performance and has given their fans something to get excited about. Werder Bremen’s main loss is Serge Gnabry, their top scorer in the league this season and he’s joined on the injury table by Hajrovic, Junuzovic, Bargfrede, Caldirola, Johannsson and Grillitsch, a very long list of absences. Jaroslav Drobny and Fin Bartels are both suspended whilst Sambou Yatabare is at the African Cup of Nations with Mali.
Latest matches in Bundesliga: Werder Bremen
|21.01.2017||Bund||Werder Bremen||Borussia Dortmund||1:2||L|
|21.12.2016||Bund||1899 Hoffenheim||Werder Bremen||1:1||D|
|17.12.2016||Bund||Werder Bremen||1 FC Cologne||1:1||D|
|10.12.2016||Bund||Hertha BSC||Werder Bremen||0:1||W|
After 6 consecutive league wins, Bayern Munich aren’t expected to change their team very much. Although a slightly unconvincing 2-1 win against Freiburg last time out might force Carlo Ancelotti to make a few changes. He only has 3 unavailable players but Jerome Boateng (shoulder), Arturo Vidal (Hamstring) and Thiago (ribs) will all be big absences for Bayern and with Vidal and Thiago, the midfield is quite thin on the ground.
Latest matches in Bundesliga: Bayern Munich
|20.01.2017||Bund||SC Freiburg||Bayern Munich||1:2||W|
|21.12.2016||Bund||Bayern Munich||RB Leipzig||3:0||W|
|18.12.2016||Bund||SV Darmstadt 98||Bayern Munich||0:1||W|
|10.12.2016||Bund||Bayern Munich||VfL Wolfsburg||5:0||W|
|02.12.2016||Bund||1 FSV Mainz 05||Bayern Munich||1:3||W|
|26.11.2016||Bund||Bayern Munich||Bayer Leverkusen||2:1||W|
Bayern Munich are certainly favourites heading into this fixture but Werder Bremen will have a slight chance against the league leaders due to home advantage. They have a chance to get their first win over Bayern Munich in 17 years but the visitors shouldn’t give them much of a chance of victory. The threat of Robert Lewandowski will have to be silenced if Werder Bremen want any chance of winning this one.
28 January 2017 - 14:30 GMT
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