While many German clubs have returned from the pause and fallen flats on their faces, Hertha Berlin have used that time to regroup, coming out of the gates with excitement and flair.
New manager Bruno Labbadia has re-instilled faith to this talented group, and has calmed down his players after a season of disarray. They are now in fine form, with no relegation concerns, and will likely see out the season pushing for a coveted Europa League qualification spot. All of that would be considered a far cry a few months ago.
Augburg meanwhile sit a few points back of their opponents, and this really will be seen as a swing match for them. They’re either safe if they collect points, but if they don’t – they could be dragged into a tough relegation battle throughout the month of June. A new coaching change has also helped them in recent weeks, but the squad’s overall talent and depth still leaves something to be desired.
With all that’s on the line in the Bundesliga right now, you really do get a sense that every match matters. Many teams are still playing for critical points down the stretch, and this Hertha/Augsburg match is another example of that. Hertha are unbeaten since the restart, and should be a team to watch here in Matchday 29. Please keep reading beneath the posted odds for a tactical breakdown, and betting analysis for Augsburg vs. Hertha Berlin. Enjoy!
Hertha Berlin vs. Augsburg Betting Odds:
Hertha Berlin (-111)
Over 2.5 (-135)
Under 2.5 (+115)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Hertha Berlin vs. Augsburg Pick:
Hertha Berlin will enter this contest riding a real surge of momentum. Brundo Labbadia has the lads playing an exciting brand of football, and one that really does mesh well with the skilled players they possess. They’ll line up once again in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation, with the power of the squad definitely concentrated up top.
Dodi Lukebakio and the talented Matheus Cunha have been in dynamite form, with the latter already securing four goals in his first 7 matches with Hertha. He’s been quite the revelation, as his shifty footwork, and rapid pace down the wings have made him a handful to deal with. Up top, Vladimir Darida and team captain Vedad Ibsevic provide a reliable and lethal scoring punch, and one that should give a shaky Augsburg back-line some concerns.
Heiko Herrlich’s Augsburg side are struggling, having just secured two wins from their past ten matches. They cruised through a goalless draw to last-place Paderborn during the mid-week fixtures, and have shown little evidence that they’re better than their current record indicates. In fact, they continue to trend in the wrong direction and could be flirting with relegation teams in a couple of weeks.
And while Augsburg have done well to not concede in the past couple of matches, that has more to deal with the quality of teams they’ve been playing. It’s also worth noting that they aren’t exactly scoring at will either – despite having a mostly healthy first-team of roster choices. This is a group that plays a boring style, and when and if they do go down, there’s very rarely a way back in the contest for them.
Augsburg just don’t do enough well right now to consider backing them in this critical period of the season. Their back-line still can’t be trusted, and expect a clinical Hertha Berlin to provide them with a stern wake-up call. While these sides are separated by just four points in the table currently, recent form and expected goal metrics over the past few matchdays tell a different story. Hertha are the vastly superior side, and the more positive group going forward. Look for Hertha to continue their fine form, and continue to tally impressive goal totals, en route to a comfortable victory on Saturday.
Prediction: Hertha Berlin 3-1