Werder Bremen v RB Leipzig – Weserstadion at 14:30 GMT+1 live at BT Sport
Claudio Pizarro could make his final Bundesliga appearance for Werder Bremen when the Green-Whites host RB Leipzig on Saturday afternoon, knowing they’re still in with a shot at qualifying for next season’s Europa League.
Forty-year-old Pizarro is out of contract at Bremen in the summer, with talks on his future set to take place at the end of the season. The Peruvian striker has proved an invaluable servant in his four stints with Werder, and will almost certainly be involved at some point in what may be his final outing for the club.
Head coach Florian Kohfeldt could even be tempted to start ‘Piza’, with his side needing to win on the final day whilst hoping Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim – whom they beat last time out – drop points against Augsburg and Mainz respectively, if they’re to reach the Europa League second qualifying round.
Leipzig make for tough opponents
It won’t be an easy task against third-placed Leipzig, who have shown no signs of letting up, despite having long sewn up their place in the 2019/20 Champions League group stage. Ralf Rangnick’s charges extended their unbeaten run to 15 Bundesliga matches as they held Bayern Munich to a goalless draw last weekend.
Whilst the league campaign has little meaning for the Die Rotten Bullen this weekend, there’s still plenty to play for with Leipzig preparing for next week’s DFB Cup final showdown with record champions Bayern in Berlin. The visitors are therefore set to name a strong side to keep them in fine fettle for the fixture.
The Saxony side mean business. RBL have W10-D5-L0 of late, poised to end the season with the best defensive record in the Bundesliga and in wonderful form on the road, pocketing seven straight successes before a thrilling 3-3 draw against Mainz in their most recent game as guests.
Influential midfielder Kevin Kampl returns from suspended and Leipzig appear underrated in the markets where the +0 Asian Handicap holds plenty of appeal at 1.31 quotes. This selection would see our stake returned should the match end all-square with a defeat the only way we’ll lose our cash.
RBL rarely lose
The second half of the season didn’t have an auspicious start for RBL. Rangnick’s side lost 1-0 at home to Dortmund, meaning they kept a place in the Bundesliga’s top four by the narrowest of margins. Since then, though, Leipzig have barely put a foot wrong and marked themselves out as one of the division’s strongest suits.
Continuity has been key with the large majority of their first-choice XI appearing in the club’s promotion season in 2015/16. The visitors’ record against teams below them commands maximum respect (W19-D8-L2) and with just two losses in that 29-match sample, it makes sense to support them again on Saturday.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: RB Leipzig +0.00 at 1.870
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.