A bottom-of-the-table affair is on in Paderborn as two sides almost destined for the drop battle it out for supremacy.
Date: Saturday, June 13
Paderborn are still without a league victory since January 2020, and are almost certain to crash back down to the German second tier at the first time of asking.
With only four wins from all of their 30 league games, and a league-high 18 losses, Steffen Baumgart’s side have seen the Bundesliga a bridge too far to cross and perharps, are already preparing for life outside of it at this stage.
Four draws and a 6-1 thumping at the hands of Bayern Munich has been the case for them since the restart, their last act being a 1-1 stalemate against RB Leipzig. With at least eight points separating them from safety, Paderborn could mathematically be relegated by this weekend, if they lose here and Fortuna Düsseldorf earn maximum points in their meeting with Borussia Dortmund.
Werder Bremen on their part, are not particularly better off but are still within a fighting chance of beating the drop if they can pull off a ‘little miracle’. Die Werderaner have lost their last two league games to nil and will face Bayern Munich after this one.
With winnable games versus Mainz and a final day date at home to Kolñ still to come, can they bolster their chances by drilling the final nail in the coffin for their opposition?
Luca Kilian is still on his way back from a thigh injury.
The duo of Uwe Hünemeier and Strelli Mamba have both triggered automatic match suspensions after their yellows last time out.
Claudio Pizarro is still ruled out with a muscle injury. Ömer Toprak has yet to overcome his calf problem.
Nuri Sahin, Kevin Möhwald and Milot Rashica are ruled out here with varying injury worries.
Niclas Füllkrug has had a knee op and will miss the rest of the season.
Head to Head
Paderborn earned a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen the last time they faced in this fixture. That was their third competitive meeting, with a 4-0 win for Bremen back in 2014 and the other ending a 2-2 stalemate.
Paderborn last five competitive matches: DDDLD
Werder Bremen last five competitive matches: WDWLL
These two teams are not having the best of the season, and could perharps have put together preparations about second tier football for next season. But Paderborn will be in high spirits after holding RB Leipzig to a 1-1 last time.
At odds of 5/4, the hosts are marked for a win, and that is the pick for punters to give serious thought to. Having failed to win in any of their last 10, they are expected to stem the rot and brighten the faces of their fans.