Long balls: Leverkusen are the best passers in the league, with 7,137 total passes and an overall accuracy of 90.2%. However, SVW have the upper hand as far as long balls are concerned. The Green-Whites have played 302 successful long passes, the second-best tally in the league behind Borussia Dortmund (349). In the game against Union Berlin, a long ball forward from Milos Veljkovic led to Marvin Ducksch scoring a wonder goal.
Leading from the front: Werder have picked up momentum as the season has progressed. SVW have scored two goals in each of their past three games, winning once (against Union Berlin) and sharing the points on two occasions (against Wolfsburg and Frankfurt). The Green-Whites’ strike partnership is also starting to click. Top scorer Marvin Ducksch has bagged in Werder’s last three games and summer arrival Rafael Borré has started to hit his stride with two goals in his last two games. Dead-ball scenarios will be key, as five of SVW’s 18 goals have come from set-pieces, an area where the Werkself’s defence has struggled.
Head-to-head record: Saturday’s game will be the 85th time that Werder have played against Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. The games tend to be a fierce contest and the honours have been even on 34 occasions. Leverkusen have come out on top in 23 games, whereas Werder have been victorious 27 times. However, Werder haven’t beaten the Werkself since matchday 26 of the 2018/19 season, when the Green-Whites ran out as 3-1 winners thanks to a goal from Milot Rashica and a Max Kruse brace. Leon Bailey got Leverkusen’s goal.