Hertha Berlin and Freiburg meet on Thursday in Berlin in a postponed Bundesliga match which means a lot for the home team. The German Old Lady sits 17th, at a place that leads directly to the lower tier. Currently, they are three points below the safe zone, and hopefully, they will reach both Arminia Bielefeld and Werder following this event. Meanwhile, Freiburg is ninth, exactly at the middle of the standings, with 41 points, not being able to go up or down too much.
Hertha Berlin (+105) comes into the most important game of the year after three straight draws. The first one was against Union in the local derby, 1-1, then vs Monchengladbach, 2-2, and finally in Mainz, 1-1. Overall, this isn’t so bad, but it could be better.
A significant improvement was seen over the past three matches at home. The Old Lady had four losses in a row (couldn’t score in three of them) with a combined goal difference of 1-11, but after that, Hertha won seven of possible nine points. Those three matches were all over 2.5 goals, vs Augsburg, 2-1, Leverkusen, 3-0, and Monch.
Eight of Hertha’s 10 games saw a moderate efficiency, meaning 2 or 3 goals which is the only pattern that could be found in their latest matches.
Freiburg (+250) oscillates in the past few weeks, but that is reasonable, as Zebras secured their Bundesliga status. At one moment, they had a chance even to attack the Europa League, but just one win in the last four games terminated those prospects.
After losing to Monch and Arminia on the road, Freiburg beat sorry Schalke, 4-0, and played 1-1 against Hoffenheim.
What is interesting for the readers is the fact that the Zebras have three losses in a row on the road, with just one scored goal, and that they couldn’t score in four of the past six road trips. It seems that they aren’t spending too much energy after staying in the league.
Jarstein, Lowen, Lukebakio, Nets, and Plattenhardst are all out for the home team due to respective injuries.
On the other side, there aren’t any injured or suspended players.
Head to Head Matches
The first game of the season saw Freiburg rolling over Hertha, 4-1. Grifo opened the show in the seventh minute, which was the result of the first half. After that, Lukebakio leveled early in the second, but the hosts quickly added two more goals through Demirovic and Gulde. Petersen put an end to this match in the fourth minute of the injury time from the penalty.
By the way, four of the past five games between these two sides saw both teams to score.
As you can see, Freiburg isn’t that keen on giving 100% of their capabilities after staying in the league. Most of their road events are, in fact, a relaxed tour from the city, and we really don’t expect anything else in this case as well. Our pick for this match would be Hertha to win. This is one of the most important clashes of the year, and three points from it would be massive for the Old Lady.
Pick: Hertha +105
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