The DFB Pokal has reached the quarter-final stage and the first two matches will be played on Tuesday night. The pick of the fixtures is the all-Bundesliga meeting between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen at the BayArena. Bayer Leverkusen have won the DFB Pokal once in their history, with their success coming in the 1992/93 season. Their best performance in the competition since then was runners-up in 2008/09. Werder Bremen have won this cup competition six times, with their latest victory coming in 2008/09, when they defeated Bayer Leverkusen in the final. They were also runners-up the following season.
Bayer Leverkusen Form
Bayer Leverkusen come into this match sitting second in the Bundesliga following their 0-0 draw at Freiburg on the weekend. They are in good form, having lost only 1 of their last 18 matches in all competitions and the single defeat came at the hands of run-away league leaders, Bayern Munich. The loss to Bayern Munich is their only defeat at home this season.
Bayer Leverkusen have played 3 games to reach the quarter-final stage of the DFB Pokal, starting with a 3-0 win at Karlsruhe. Despite the score, Bayer Leverkusen needed extra-time to win that game before beating Union Berlin 4-1 at home and defeating Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 away from home. Bayer Leverkusen have found the back of the net at least once in each of their home games in all competitions this season but have kept just 4 clean sheets.
Werder Bremen Form
Werder Bremen picked up an excellent 2-1 win at Schalke on the weekend to move out of the relegation zone. They were 1-0 down going into the last 15 minutes of the match but scored two goals, including one in injury time to win the match. This will give them some confidence going into the match but that win was only their second in their last 7 matches in all competitions. Their previous victory was a 3-2 win over Freiburg in the DFB Pokal. Despite being at the bottom end of the table, Werder Bremen have been tough to beat in recent matches and have lost only 3 of their last 11 competitive games in all competitions. However, they have drawn 3 and lost one of their last 6 games and its form like this which sees them in a relegation battle this season.
Bayer Leverkusen have the luxury of a fully fit squad for this game and without any suspensions can name their strongest starting XI. The same cannot be said for Werder Bremen who have several players injured including Fin Bartels, Michael Zetterer, Yuning Zhang, Jesper Verlaat, Ole Kauper, Philipp Bargfrede and Justin Eilers.
Top Betting Tips
Given the home form of Bayer Leverkusen this season and their standing in the Bundesliga in comparison to Werder Bremen, they must come into this cup tie as favourites to progress. Bayer Leverkusen are 1/2 with Ladbrokes to win the match.
It would be a massive shock if Bayer Leverkusen did not find the back of the net in this game but their defensive record suggests they could also concede. Bayer Leverkusen to win and both teams to score is 15/8 with William Hill. Bayer Leverkusen have scored 2 or more goals at home seven times this season and can be backed at 4/9 with Coral to make that eight times in this game.