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Werder Bremen vs Heidenheim
The Bundesliga relegation play-off is taking place tonight in a 7:30pm BST kick-off when Bundesliga side Werder Bremen host Bundesliga II hopefuls Heidenheim at the Weser-Stadion. Outcomes and fates may not be decided tonight but we could know a lot more about who is in a better position to seal the victory on aggregate after the 90 minutes have been played.
Werder Bremen will be wondering how on earth they find themselves in this position. Florian Kohfeldt had seen his team finish 8th last season and only narrowly miss out on qualifying for the Europa League. Fast forward 12 months and the team is now potentially 120 minutes away from suffering relegation to the second tier of German football. It was the 4 defeats from their last 6 league games that delivered the final nail in the coffin but in all truth it was the awful run from 2nd November to 7th March where they lost 11 of their 13 league matches. Home form has also been a big problem for Werder this year with the team winning just 2 of their 17 home league games this season.
Heidenheim have a reputation for coming close to securing promotion to the Bundesliga over recent years but, for one reason or another, failing to get the job done. Frank Schmidt has been head coach with the club since 2007 and during that period he has guided them from being a fourth tier side in the Oberliga Baden-Wurttemburg to a team standing on the brink of reaching the top flight of German football. The side ended the season in reasonable form with 3 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses from their final 6 matches of the campaign.
Even though Werder Bremen have endured their fair share of trials and tribulations this season I think this two-legged play-off is theirs to lose. Whatever has happened over the last season is mystifying but this is still a squad largely consisting of players and staff that led this side to the upper echelons of the Bundesliga just 12 months ago. I feel Werder will grab the win here and it just depends if they can see the job out away at Heidenheim in a few days time.
Werder Bremen HT/FT @ 2.38 with BetVictor
Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.85 with VBet
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