The live action in the Bundesliga finally returned this past weekend, but the star performance of this round of fixtures came in last night’s fixture between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen. Leverkusen cruised to a 4-1 success last night, as they ramped up the pressure on RB Leipzig ahead of what will be a crucial weekend in the season this coming weekend. Kai Havertz was in excellent form for the travelling side as he scored twice.
Havertz has already been linked to a host of top European clubs, with Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly showing an interest in the German. Any chance that Leverkusen have of keeping the talented 20-year-old will likely hinge on whether they are able to finish in a Champions League spot this season. They have closed the gap between themselves and Leipzig to just one point with their win last night.
Leverkusen Impressive In Big Win
Many neutrals who are new to the Bundesliga would have been watching the game last night expecting a special performance as Leverkusen are one of the best young attacking sides in the division. They didn’t let their newfound support down last night. Havertz put the travelling side ahead after 28 minutes, before Theodor Selassie fired Werder Bremen back onto level terms.
However, they weren’t level for long, as Havertz scored his second of the game just three minutes later. His form over the past six games has been remarkable, as he has scored five goals and made five assists. The two goals last night took his tally for the season up to 12. Leverkusen wrapped up the win in the second half with a further two goals. Mitchell Weiser and Kerem Demirbay scored the goals.
Leverkusen will be hoping to continue their excellent run of form when they take on Borussia Monchengladbach this weekend. It should be one of the games of the weekend, with a win for Leverkusen taking them into the top four and potentially above both Monchengladbach and Leipzig.
Relegation Worries For Werder Bremen
The defeat was just another indicator that Werder Bremen are looking doomed for the drop this season. Bremen are the favourites with all the leading soccer sportsbooks to be relegated this season. Their defeat on Monday means that it is now five defeats in six. Results over the weekend also mean that they are now nine points from safety. They are also five points behind the side in the relegation playoff- Fortuna Dusseldorf.
They will have a huge fixture this weekend as they come up against SC Freiburg. Their opponents are placed in 7th in the league standings. A defeat this weekend would leave their survival hopes in tatters. BetOnline.ag make the home side the narrow +133 favourites on the moneyline to increase their chances of finishing in a Europa League spot this season. Meanwhile, the sides around Werder also have testing fixtures as Dusseldorf travel to Cologne and Paderborn host Hoffenheim.