Two games into the Bundesliga season and Bayer Leverkusen are the team to catch. The currently sit at the top of the table following wins against Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin. This, combined with convincing home and away victories against Copenhagen in the Champions League play-off, finds Bayer Leverkusen Players in a rich vein of form and they will be a tough nut to crack. Under new manager Roger Schmidt they will be hoping to get into the top three after threatening to do so for much of last season. Schmidt is a proponent of attacking football and has shown with his previous club, Red Bull Salzburg, that he knows how to get his teams playing consistently well. There could be some hope for Werder Bremen in the shape of Leverkusen’s defence. They conceded two goals against a struggling Hertha Berlin side and had previously lost two goals against a less than stellar Copenhagen team.
Bremen have been underachieving in recent seasons. They finished a disappointing twelfth last season and haven’t troubled the upper reaches of the Bundesliga for some time. Once one of the leading lights of German football they are in danger of becoming perennial underachievers. Their indifferent start to the season is in stark contrast to Leverkusen’s trail blazing performances. A 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin was followed by a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim on match day two. However, as Hoffenheim currently sit in third place in the Bundesliga their draw may have been a better result than first thought. That said, it would be a surprise if they could get anything against Leverkusen.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen
The stats suggests that this will be nothing other than a Leverkusen win. Both teams have met a lot of times in Bundesliga but this match is different. This match is about a European competition and that changes everything. In this type of matches form is not the most crucial parameter for the final result. Passion is a very important factor that will count. Bremen have only managed to defeat Leverkusen once in their last ten meetings. Indeed you would have to go back to 2008 for the last time Bremen won at Leverkusen’s BayArena. It would take Leverkusen to have an off day and Bremen to exceed expectations for them to get a win this weekend, but if Werder Bremen put early pressure on Leverkusen’s leaky defence they could come away with a point.