Berlin Derby takes place this Friday, with Hertha hosting Union at the Olympiastadion. Of course, there won’t be any spectators and the atmosphere, which is a pity. The current circumstances are not permitting fans in the standings, but that won’t lower the intensity on the field. This contest is very important for both sides, and a winner from this one would be much safer in the relegation battle. And would also get a lot of prestige.
Hertha Berlin (+130) win the previous contest against Hoffenheim with 0-3, which was one of the most interesting results of the entire round. The German Old Lady wasn’t expected to triumph in this one, let alone roll over the hosts who were looking like a broken army in the second half. Hertha scored three goals in the span of 16 minutes and cleverly kept the distance until the final whistle.
What frightens their fans is the fact that they aren’t playing well at home. Since the season started, Hertha won just three times in 13 events and posted three draws along with seven losses. Furthermore, the goal difference they have is 14-28, which is one of the worst in the league (third-worst defense at home).
Hertha played the last seven games in all the competitions very efficiently. All of them finished with over 2.5 goals, and five saw both teams scoring. It clearly demonstrates that the hosts in this one love to play open and offensive football.
Union Berlin (+210) lost the previous three games and didn’t win in the last four. This Sunday, they couldn’t stop this negative streak as they faced the undisputed rulers of German football, Bayern Munich, who took away all three points. It was a 0-2 win for the champs, who did have to work hard in some moments, to be honest. Some would say that it was a routine game for the Bavarians, but really it wasn’t like that.
The Iron Ones also prefer offensive-minded football, with lots of goals and chances. That is what the statistic tells us. In the last six games they played, five saw three or more goals, and the same number ended with both teams to score.
As guests, Union isn’t recording some notable results. In 13 matches, they have 3 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses, with a 14-25 goal difference.
Salomon Kalou probably won’t play because of his disputes with the club after being suspended. The situation surrounding his status is unknown at the moment. Karim Rekik isn’t available due to a knee injury.
Things are significantly complicated in Union. Laurenz Dehl is doubtful, while Keven Schlotterbeck skips this game due to his disciplinary suspension. Yunus Malli is out Sheraldo Becker too, same as Maurice Opfermann Arcones, all because of injuries.
Even though Hertha is the favorite here, we aren’t going to suggest you bet on them. It is much safer to predict efficiency than the winner. Both sides like to play aggressive and to have lots of chances. Over 2.5 goals is -110, which is a great bargain according to all the circumstance.s
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