The standalone late match on Saturday’s matchday 30 of Bundesliga action sees an intriguing clash between second-place Borussia Dortmund and an upstart Hertha Berlin group.
Perhaps no squad is more in form at the moment than Bruno Labbadia’s Hertha Berlin. Since his appointment the group have been reformed, playing very positive football and showing good unity within the squad. Arguably that’s something that was certainly missing under previous regimes. Their run of good performance has Hertha thinking European qualification, but it won’t be easy on Saturday with Dortmund in their way.
While Borussia Dortmund likely won’t dethrone Bayern Munich this year either, they have to be content with a second-place finish and great development of their many young stars. Dortmund have been solid since the restart, and know the value in holding onto a Champions League spot down the stretch. Despite some injury knocks headed into Saturday’s showdown, manager Lucien Favre has unbelievable squad depth and should be able to put a stellar 11 out against Hertha.
Many are pegging this as a must-see encounter, between two squads who only play offensive football. We should see goals and chances, and you’ll want to keep reading beneath the posted odds to find out our winning prediction on Dortmund vs. Hertha Berlin. Enjoy the game, folks!
Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha Berlin Betting Odds:
Borussia Dortmund (-250)
Hertha Berlin (+680)
Over 3.5 (+100)
Under 3.5 (-120)
Borussia Dortmund -1.5 (+104)
Hertha Berlin +1.5 (-124)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha Berlin Pick:
While it might seem like there’s a huge gap between these two sides, recent form might suggest otherwise. Hertha Berlin have arguably been a top-3 club since Bruno Labbadia has taken over from the restart, and he very much has his group thinking Europa League. They haven’t lost in their previous four matches, and have won three of those with ease. There’s a new sense of optimism, and the rate at which they’re generating goals has many excited.
For Dortmund, Lucien Favre will need to dig deep into his squad list to come up with a solid 11 against Hertha. Mats Hummels is suspended, while Erling Haaland still isn’t fit up top. Mahmoud Dahoud is out injured following a tough knee injury, while Marco Reus is still not fit to return either. That midfield looks iffy heading into Saturday’s encounter vs. Hertha.
Expect an exciting game where Hertha by no means backs down to the skill and attacking threat Dortmund possess. Even though the black and yellow are missing key pieces, their depth needs to be respected. Hertha however have shown more than enough quality of late to make us consider the upset here. They’re 11 goals to 2 in terms of their past four games on aggregate, and their expected goal metrics have them second, only to Bayern Munich since the restart.
While I’m not calling for an outright Hertha win on Saturday, a scoring draw would not shock me. Instead, let’s be safe here and back Hertha Berlin on the handicap, at a nice price +1.5 goals. They’ll challenge a Dortmund group that while talented, has shown inconsistencies. Without the chase of a title any longer, Dortmund’s interests might wane a tad down the stretch. Expect Hertha to keep it close on Saturday.
Prediction: 2-2 Draw