Prediction and odds for the game: Hertha Berlin (6/5) v Union Berlin (9/4)
We are backing the home win
When: Friday, 22nd May 2020, Kick-off 19:30
Where: The Olympiastadion Berlin
On Friday night, Hertha Berlin and Union Berlin go head-to-head at the Olympiastadion, in only the second-ever Berlin derby in the Bundesliga.
The home returned to Bundesliga with a bang on Saturday when they recorded a 3-0 win at Hoffenheim. The victory was a great start to life in the Hertha dugout for head coach Bruno Labbadia, who was managing the team for the first time. The victory means that the team from the capital are now unbeaten in three league games, dating back to February. It moved them above Union in the table and eight points clear of the relegation play-off spot.
Hertha have been prolific in front of goal of late in the German top-flight, scoring at least two goals in four of their last five league games. The home side’s eye for goal has contributed to over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last six Bundesliga outings.
One issue that Labbadia will be looking to put right is Hertha’s poor home record in the Bundesliga, as they have failed to win in six matches on home soil. They have also won just once in ten home games in the Bundesliga.
The visitors are enjoying a solid debut campaign in the Bundesliga. Union are currently 12th place in the table, a point and place below the hosts in the German top-flight.
Union suffered a 2-0 home defeat against reigning champions in their first game back after the enforced break. The defeat means that the visitors have now won just one of their last five league games, having suffered three defeats in the process.
The visitors have looked highly vulnerable in defence of late, conceding at least two goals in eight of their last 11 Bundesliga games. Their poor defensive displays have led to over 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five league matches.
Although Union have won just three away games all season in the German top-flight, the visitors have won two of their last three league matches on their travels. Despite the recent successes, Union have struggled defensively on the road, keeping just one clean sheet in their 13 away matches this season. They have also conceded at least two goals in seven of their ten matches on their travels in the Bundesliga.
The away win against Hoffenheim will have lifted spirits for Hertha. Another win will go a long way to ensure they do not get sucked into that relegation play-off spot. We are backing the home win. Both teams recent league games have been full of goals, so we are also backing the over 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 6/5 and over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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