Germany Bundesliga Midweek Bet Picks
It isn't uncommon to see Werder Bremen playing football in mid-week. But their Bundesliga opponents on Tuesday don't measure up to their usual Champions League counterparts.
Nonetheless, Bremen's encounter at Nurnberg is no less significant right now.
Manager Thomas Schaff's side have made impressions in the Champions League as they moved ahead of holders Barcelona in Group A with seven points in contrast to five for the Catalans. And the two teams seemed destined for a fight for second spot as Chelsea have amassed 10 points from four games.
Bremen know they have a home game against Chelsea and then travel to Barcelona for the deciding match.
However, the Chelsea match is not until 22 November, and the German giants only head to Barcelona on the 5 December.
In the meanwhile, Bremen need to get their game back in gear. Werder needed an Ivan Klasnic headed goal to salvage a 1-1 draw at home against newly promoted side Energie Cottbus. And Schaff's men saw Stuttgart pull to within two points of them in the Bundesliga table.
Fortunately, Bayern Munich drew with Schalke so both now sit three points behind Werder (at 17 points) heading into the mid-week matches.
Nurnberg have lost just one in 10 matches this term and are sure to pack their defence against the high-powered Werder attack, which has accumulated a Bundesliga-leading 28 goals. Hans Meyer's squad, meanwhile, have conceded a league-worst nine goals this year.
Bremen could be crippled with a flu virus circulating at the club, and Tim Borowski, Daniel Jensen, Patrick Owomoyela, and Mohamed Zidan all are expected to sit out this match.
Nonetheless, Werder Bremen are favourites at 1.83 odds (at Williamhill Sportsbook). The draw is priced 2.25 and Nurnberg are 3.60 outsiders.
Bremen's chasers are all set to face weak teams.
Stuttgart are favourites at 1.80 odds as they host Hamburg, a side in trouble in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. Bayern Munich (1.20 bet odds at Pinnacle Sportsbook) are expected to demolish last-placed Hannover at the Alianz Arena.
Schalke, on the other hand, face the biggest challenge of the top four as they visit Borussia Moenchengladbach as slight favourites at 2.40 wagering odds (Gladbach are priced at 2.50 with Williamhill Bookmakers).
Gladbach may rest in 14th spot, but their 12 points from five home games -- zero points away from home -- is second-best in the German football league.