Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen Picks & Tips

Steven Suarez

Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:05 PM GMT

How will Bayern respond after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League? They may have already won the Bundesliga title but as the soccer betting favorites, they'll still want to put on a good show for the home fans when they take on Werder Bremen.

Odds Overview
As one would expect when it comes to Bayern Munich playing a league match, they're favored by a massive margin for Saturday.

Looking over the soccer betting lines, we see the Bavarians quoted in the -450 to -500 range, leaving Werder Bremen at anywhere between +1000 to +1250 to record the stunning away win. You can also add a draw to your soccer picks at approximately +600 right now.

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Bayern Munich
After slaughtering Kaiserslautern (5-1) in the cup and then comfortably beating Eintracht Braunschweig (2-0 away) in the League, the Bavarians entered their Champions League showdown with Real Madrid in rather good form.

Unfortunately, they ran into a brick wall.

Bayern completely dominated possession but had an immensely difficult time breaking down Madrid's well-drilled defense. The few opportunities that they did get were not translated into goals. The Bavarians were caught on the break in the first half, leading to a goal from Karim Benzema, and that was that.

It must have been a frustrating match to watch for Pep Guardiola, as his team controlled the tempo yet couldn't really test Iker Casillas as much as they would have liked. Now Bayern will need a win back at Allianz Arena to reach the finals for the second straight year.

First things first, though. They'll try to get the better of Bremen at home and past results indicate they should take care of business. The Bavarians have lost just one time inside Allianz Arena and have a goal differential of +29 through those 15 fixtures. 

 

Werder Bremen
It was a long week for Bremen after they were beaten 3-0 by Mainz, but they were able to get back on track in a 3-1 home victory over Hoffenheim this past weekend.

It was a match that could have turned out a lot differently had Bremen let their heads drop. After all, they gave up a goal to the visitors after just three minutes, hardly the start you would want in front of your own supporters.

Bremen got the ball rolling again 15 minutes later through a Philipp Bargfrede goal and then Santiago Garcia and Nils Petersen both scored in the second half to give the home side the three points.

With those points, Bremen moved into the 11th spot in the Bundesliga. It's impossible for them to reach the top seven and subsequently receive a spot in Europe next season, but they'll still want to close out the campaign in positive fashion. 

We wish them the best of luck against a wounded Bayern side. Bremen has struggled away from home too, having won only four out of 15 matches while surrendering 29 goals.

 

Bundesliga Pick
So Bayern have already wrapped up the Bundesliga crown and are far more concerned with next week's return leg against Real Madrid than anything else. And rightly so.

Still, we believe the Bavarians will get the job done over Werder Bremen. Let's not forget this is a squad that has an insane amount of depth and that should serve them well here this weekend. To illuminate that strength in numbers, the likes of Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze, Claudio Pizarro and Javi Martinez all started on the bench against Los Blancos.

What we're getting at is Bayern should still be fielding a strong starting XI regardless and they know it'll be important to pick up some momentum heading into the second leg against Real Madrid. Look for Pep Guardiola's side to emerge victorious and get the three points.

Soccer Pick: Bayern Munich 2 Werder Bremen 0