LINE: Werder Bremen -205 | Draw +335 | FC Heidenheim +510
Kick Off: Thursday, 2nd July, 2:30PM EST
When it comes to relegation & promotion, German football does it different. The 3rd place Bundesliga.2 side face off against the 16th placed Bundesliga team in a two leg playoff to determine who will be playing in Germany’s top tier league next season.
This year we have Werder Bremen, who hold the record for most seasons played in the Bundesliga. They’re up against FC Heidenheim, who have never made it to the pinnacle of German club football.
Going into the final day of the season Werder Bremen looked dead & buried as Fortuna Düsseldorf’s 2 point & +4 goal advantage looked like a draw would be enough for them to secure 16th. Bremen had different ideas as they finished the season 6-1 winners. Yuya Osaka ran riot against his old club FC Köln scoring 2 goals & providing an assist to Milot Rashica. Fortuna Düsseldorf wasted all their hard work, losing meekly 3-0 away at FC Union Berlin.
FC Heidenheim finished the season with a 3-0 loss to Bundesliga.2 Champions Armenia Bielefeld. Fortunately Hamburg, who needed just a draw if Heidenheim lost, continued their end of season implosion losing 5-1 at home to midtable SV Sandhausen. Hamburg were in the top 3 for 30 of the 34 Matchdays & lost to Heidenheim on Matchday 33 to a 95th minute winner from Konstantin Kerschbaumer.
These two met earlier this season in the DFB-Pokal 2nd round where Werder ran out comfortable 4-1 winners at home with all goals scored in a thrilling 1st half.
The first leg is this Thursday at the Weserstadion & these kind of games are all about momentum. Werder’s last 4 games are a 5-1 win over SC Paderborn, 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich, 3-1 loss to Mainz & 6-1 win over Köln. SVW have rediscovered their best form at the perfect time & they’ll be the ones playing Bundesliga football next season.
Prediction – Back Werder Bremen on the Money Line -205
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