Iconic Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer returned to action at the weekend but conceded twice before half-time as the Bavarians eked out a 3-2 win at Hertha BSC.
Complacency caught up with Julian Nagelsmann’s side after storming into a comfortable 3-0 lead within the opening 40 minutes, reminding them not to underestimate any opponent.
That seemed to be Bayern’s habit early in the season, but after overcoming the club’s worst four-game winless league run since 2002 in September, they are flying again in the Bundesliga.
All competitions-wise, the record-time German champions have won ten of their last 11 outings (D1), including eight on the trot in the build-up to this encounter.
Followed by Bayern’s example, visiting Werder have enjoyed a noticeable upturn in form, going from consecutive top-flight defeats to back-to-back victories.
It’s worth noting that both those wins came at the expense of bottom-half strugglers Schalke 04 and Hertha, so Die Werderaner would be wrong to tuck themselves in a false sense of security.
But there’s no denying Ole Werner’s men have excelled in the Bundesliga this season, clocking up 21 points after 13 league fixtures to record their best points tally at this stage of a top-flight campaign in 11 years.
As it seems, a season spent in the second tier back in 2021/22 made Werder stronger, with the visitors only ten points shy of their total Bundesliga haul (31) from 2020/21 when they suffered relegation.
Inspired by the club-best eight-match winning run since September 2021, Bayern have overtaken long-term leaders Union Berlin at the top of the Bundesliga table.
Nagelsmann’s men can now focus on running away with the title as they did in the past ten years, with Tuesday’s home fixture against Werder vowing to maintain their upturn in form.
In addition to only losing once in their last 25 Bundesliga matches contested on Tuesday (W18, D6), the Bavarians are unbeaten in their previous 29 competitive H2Hs against Werder (W25, D4).
You’d have to go back to September 2008 for Die Werderaner’s last H2H success against Bayern, so it takes no rocket science to conclude the visitors will have to overcome a significant psychological barrier.
A heroic 1-1 draw on their most recent Bundesliga visit to the Allianz Arena in November 2020 may settle Werder’s nerves, given that it helped them arrest a humiliating 22-match losing run against the Bavarians.
There’s another positive note with this well-oiled Werder machine, as they had gone unbeaten on their first five league travels this term (W3, D2) before losing 2-0 at Freiburg last time out.
Bayern Munich vs Werder Bremen Potential Line-ups
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Noussair Mazraoui, Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez; Marcel Sabitzer, Joshua Kimmich; Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, Sadio Mane; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Werder Bremen (3-5-2): Jiri Pavlenka; Amos Pieper, Milos Veljkovic, Marco Friedl; Mitchell Weiser, Romano Schmid, Illia Gruev, Leonardo Bittencourt, Anthony Jung; Niclas Fullkrug, Marvin Ducksch.
How to Watch?
Bayern Munich vs Werder Bremen, along with all other 2022/23 Bundesliga fixtures, is available to watch live online via live Bundesliga streaming.
Bayern Munich vs Werder Bremen Prediction
Despite Werder’s inspirational start to their returning Bundesliga campaign, this promises to be a walk in the park for a rampant Bayern side.
Nagelsmann’s men have netted at least two goals across their last 11 competitive matches at an average of 3.72 per game, and we cannot see Werner’s team stopping them.
Bayern Munich 4-1 Werder Bremen
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