Live team sports was welcomed back with a bang last weekend as Bundesliga soccer returned to Germany. As explained then, the German league is one of the top domestic leagues in the world, and generally produces very exciting matches filled with lots of goals. Matchday 26 certainly lived up to that billing, and with a condensed schedule on the horizon, expect a lot more coverage and action coming your way!
It also helped that we went a perfect 5-0 with our betting wagers last weekend on the Bundesliga. With games spanning from Friday to Sunday in Matchday 27, keep following along for our winning suggestions.
A standalone match will kick things off Friday afternoon in the historic and often heated Berlin derby, as Hertha Berlin from the west-side of the city, will host Union Berlin, the visitors from the east.
These teams have never been in the top flight together, and their first meeting this season produced some intense soccer, and a 1-nil victory to the newly promoted side Union Berlin. Hertha Berlin have had their struggles this season, though new coach Bruno Labbadia has seemingly righted the ship. Last week, Hertha won 3-0 over Hoffenheim, and will be looking to build upon that result and generate some momentum to stay out of the relegation battle.
Union Berlin find themselves very close in the table and quite evenly matched to their western city Rivals. Though they succumbed to Bayern Munich last weekend, Union did well to hold them off for some time, and even generated some chances of their own. This is a pesky group that has already wildly surpassed expectations, and are well on their way to another season staying up in the Bundesliga.
These intra-city rivalry showdowns are always fun to watch – with or without fans, the intensity still exists. For a full match preview and tactical analysis, read on beneath the odds for our Hertha vs. Union prediction in the Berlin Derby!
Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin Betting Odds:
Hertha Berlin (+135)
Union Berlin (+210)
Over 2.5 (-112)
Under 2.5 (-108)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin Pick:
Both of these squads enter Matchday 27 likely feeling good about where there team is at. Following Hertha’s big win last week at Hoffenheim, that group finally realized its immense potential – especially on the offensive end. One area they have struggled thus far is their play at home, though newly promoted manager Bruno Labbadia has vowed to end that.
With Union, they remain the surprise package within the Bundesliga, and a narrow defeat to Bayern Munich doesn’t change that. They too, have a tendency to punch above their weight, and have generated goals and quality chances at a solid rate as a result. They’re also immensely feisty, having won the most aerial duels of any club in the German top flight. Die Eisernen thoroughly outplayed their rivals back in November, outshooting them 14-9 in a high-chance encounter. If they can replicate that Friday, expect some more goals.
With both sides likely safe from relegation, and the fact that these ‘derby’ clashes do tend to be awfully energetic – expect a wide open and free flowing game. Both teams generate a fair bit of chances, and their expected goals for in recent matchdays have both shown an upward trajectory. I do give a slight edge to Union as an underdog, and also like the ‘both teams to score’ market.
Where I see the most value however is in Over 2.5 goals for this hotly contested duel. Both sides will be playing for the full three points surely, and with the amount of firepower up front, combined with depleted back-lines, it should produce some offense for both Berlin clubs. Enjoy the match, folks!
Prediction: 2-1 Union Berlin