Best odds: 31/20
As Bayern Munich slowly move towards yet another Bundesliga title – it would be their eighth on the trot – battles for other benefits in the German top flight remain interesting and far from decided. On Wednesday evening, Werder will welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to their Weserstadion in Bremen in a game that will round off the 29th round of the 2019/20 season.
Florian Kohfeldt’s team are in serious trouble, there just isn’t a way around that painful fact. However, a win by a difference larger than two goals here would momentarily lift them from the relegation zone, courtesy of Bayern and Hoffenheim who beat Fortuna Dusseldorf and Mainz 05, respectively, at the weekend. Werder are in 17th place with 25 points to their name, two less than Fortuna and three less than Mainz. Meanwhile, SC Paderborn seem already written off, sitting at the very bottom with a miserable tally of 19.
Werder took full advantage of the inexplicable stumbles of Schalke 04 since football came back in Germany by winning 0-1 in Gelsenkirchen last week, and they will have taken heart from that result as they prepare for the last stages of their battle for survival. Overall, their recent form has been rather patchy – two wins, two draws and two defeats from the last six matches.
Kohfeldt will have been worried about the possibility of midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt and winger Milot Rashica being out of contention for this game as they were both replaced with knocks against Schalke. On the other hand, defender Milos Veljkovic is back from a one-match ban and will be contesting with Sebastian Langkamp for a place in the starting XI.
It has been a largely disappointing campaign for Eintracht too. Having parted ways with several key players last summer, they simply weren’t able to keep up with the standards set by the 2018/19 season, when they finished seventh and ended up in the Europa League. Mathematically, they still haven’t secured survival in the top flight themselves, sitting 12th with 32 points, though they are obviously in a much better position than Werder. A win in Bremen would get Frankfurt within an inch from safety with five matches still to play, but one thing is certain – there won’t be any European football for them this time around.
Like their opponents in this game, they will be encouraged by their win the previous round, a surprise they pulled away to Wolfsburg, and it seems they’ve snapped out of a stupor just in time. They had suffered four defeats in the league in a row, before a draw at home against Freiburg and the mentioned triumph against Wolfsburg arrived.
Coach Adi Hutter will be without the services of midfielder Lucas Toro, who picked up two yellow cards at the very end of the Wolfsburg game. Forward Goncalo Paciencia is likely to remain out through injury.
Werder appear to have slightly more to play for at this point as their survival faces a bigger threat than that of Eintracht at this point, but they certainly won’t find it easy to keep all three points for themselves. A share of the spoils seems the likeliest outcome between these two teams at the moment.
Best odds: 31/20
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