Wednesday night brings DFB-Pokal semi-final action, with Niko Kovac’s Bayern Munich looking to take another step towards securing yet another domestic double.
The Bavarians are currently top of the Bundesliga by one point, having recently overhauled rivals Borussia Dortmund after a disappointing start to the campaign.
They have really found their stride of late and will be full of confidence against a Werder Bremen ?side, who they defeated at the weekend in the league thanks to Niklas Sule’s header 15 minutes from time.
That game took place at the Allianz Arena, but Werder will play host to their more illustrious opponents on this occasion – and will harbour hopes of causing an upset, where the winners will take on either Hamburger SV or RB Leipzig.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Wednesday 24 April|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||19:45 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Weser Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||N/A|
?Bayern have no fresh injury concerns heading into the cup semi-final, but they will be without Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer, both of whom are sidelined with calf problems, and weekend match winner Sule, who is suspended.
Mats Hummels will be recalled as a result and
|Werder Bremen||Pavlenka; Selassie, Veljkovi?, Moisander, Augustinsson; M. Eggestein, Bargfrede, Klaassen, J. Eggestein, Harnik, Rashica|
|Bayern Mun||Ulreich; Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Alaba; Thiago, Goretzka; Gnabry, Müller, Ribery; Lewandowski.|
Head to Head Record
Saturday’s defeat was Werder’s 19th consecutive defeat to Bayern in all competitions, which is now the longest losing streak in history for any club against a fellow Bundesliga? side.
A double from wideman Serge Gnabry saw Die Roten claim the points last time out at Weser Stadium in December. The ex-Arsenal player opened the scoring after lashing home a rebound, only to see his side pegged back by Yuya Osako.
Gnabry notched a second half winner, though, with Sule’s winning goal on Saturday meaning Bayern have completed yet another league double over Bremen.
Bayern have scored 18 goals in their last five fixtures, the 5-0 destruction of Dortmund bookended by 5-4 and 4-1 wins against Heidenheim and Fortuna. Saturday’s narrow victory over Bremen means it’s four wins in a row, with SC Freiburg the last side to stop Niko Kovac’s men in their tracks.
Werder, meanwhile, were unbeaten in the Bundesliga this year until Saturday’s clash, so they will still feel confident of overcoming their more illustrious opponents at home.
They will also take comfort from the fact that they have not lost a DFB-Pokal clash at home since 1988 – an astonishing 37-game run that spans 31 years.
Here are how each side have performed in their last five games.
|Bayern Munich 1-0 Werder Bremen (20/04)||Bayern Munich 1-0 Werder Bremen (20/04)|
|Werder Bremen 2-1 Freiburg (13/04)||Bayern Munich 5-0 Borussia Dortmund (06/04)|
|Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Werder Bremen(07/04)||Bayern Munich 5-4 Heidenheim (03/04)|
|Schalke 0-2 Werder Bremen (03/04)||Freiburg 1-1 Bayern Munich (30/03)|
|Werder Bremen 3-1 Mainz (30/3)||Bayern Munich 6-0 Mainz (17/03)|
Werder’s superb form this calendar year was undone at the weekend by a rampant Bayern side who seem hell bent on proving their ?Bundesliga doubters wrong.
That said, Bremen do possess an incredible record in the DFB-Pokal at home – 37 games unbeaten is certainly a record that shouldn’t be scoffed at.
Prediction: Werder Bremen 2-1 Bayern Munich