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May 18, 2020 at 7.30pm UK at Weserstadion
Werder Bremen
1-4
B. LeverkusenBayer Leverkusen
FT(HT: 1-2)
Havertz (28', 33'), Weiser (61'), Demirbay (78')

Werder Bremen keen to capitalise on "second chance" of Bundesliga survival

Werder Bremen keen to capitalise on
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Points are needed for survival.

Werder Bremen are keen to seize their "second chance" and escape from relegation when their Bundesliga season resumes at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Monday.

Bremen go into the game without a Bundesliga win in six matches and sitting five points adrift of Fortuna Dusseldorf in the table which has been frozen due to coronavirus since the start of March.

Goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka told his club's official website: "I think it has been nice to forget about the table for a while.

"But we still need to show that we want to remain  in the Bundesliga. It almost feels a little bit like a second chance."

Bremen's preparations for the game were hit when one unnamed player was ruled out due to having to enter a two-week quarantine after a member of his personal circle tested positive for the virus.

However, the club say the player concerned has tested negative on a number of occasions, as has the rest of the squad, meaning only defender Ludwig Augustinsson is likely to miss out with a thigh injury.

Pavalenka shrugged off the perceived difficulties of sparking a fightback from relegation in front of an empty stadium, adding: "It's not about how difficult it is – we should be expected to have complete focus on it.

"Personally, I think the season will now be completed as planned, without any more cancellations. So it's our task to do everything we can to stay in the league until the final matchday."

Leverkusen are without captain Lars Bender due to a foot injury, while Kevin Volland also misses out due to a ligament problem.

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Lars Bender (left) has been ruled out by Bayer Leverkusen (David Davies/PA)

The enforced break came at a bad time for Leverkusen, who were on an unbeaten run of 11 games in all competitions, including a Europa League victory over Rangers.

And they must also head to Bremen battling media speculation about the future of their star midfielder Kai Havertz, who has been linked with a summer swoop by Barcelona.

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2Borussia DortmundDortmund29186580354560
3RB Leipzig291610374314358
4Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach29175757352256
5Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen29175754361856
6Wolfsburg2911994136542
7Hoffenheim29126114048-842
8Freiburg29108113841-338
9Hertha Berlin29108114350-738
10Schalke 04Schalke29910103446-1237
11Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt29105144953-435
12FC Koln29104154656-1034
13Augsburg2987144056-1631
14Union BerlinUnion Berlin2994163452-1831
15Mainz 052984173762-2528
16Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf2969143158-2727
17Werder Bremen2967163062-3225
18SC PaderbornSC Paderborn2947183261-2919

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