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Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
20 May 2020
Friday 22 May
Olympiastadion - Bundesliga
The second weekend of the Bundesliga restart brings a mouthwatering local derby on Friday night, as Hertha Berlin play host to Union Berlin at the German capital’s Olympiastadion. Only a single point separates the clubs in the league table, and this one promises to be a closely-fought affair.
A dramatic 87th-minute penalty from substitute Sebastian Polter settled the contest as Union beat Hertha 1-0 at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei in early November. That was the first meeting between the local rivals since they were in the 2. Bundesliga together during the 2012-13 season.
Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is out of this game after being suspended by his club for posting a video of himself breaking social distancing rules with his teammates. Apart from that, defender Karim Rekik is the only other player Hertha head coach Bruno Labbadia looks set to be without.
In the away dugout, Urs Fischer has a greater list of absentees to contend with. Keven Schlotterbeck is suspended, while Laurenz Dehl is doubtful with a knee injury. Maurice Opfermann Arcones, Sheraldo Becker and Yunus Malli have all been ruled out, although Akaki Gogia is back in training after a cruciate ligament injury.
Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin Preview and Predictions
Hertha Berlin come into this game only a single point ahead of their fellow capital club Union Berlin, while the first meeting between the teams this season yielded only a single goal. This looks like being a tight contest, but could the lack of fans give the away team the edge in this local derby?
While it may not necessarily give them an edge, it certainly removes a significant degree of Hertha’s home advantage. Stats from recent years have shown behind-closed-doors matches - or Geisterspiele (ghost games) in Germany - negate home advantage, so the away team’s price of 3.15 looks more tempting than if the Olympiastadion were packed with its usual passionate home support.
However, Union come into this game on the back of three straight defeats. That said, two of those were before the coronavirus hit, while the other was against Bundesliga leaders on the league’s return last weekend.
Hertha meanwhile returned from the enforced break with an excellent 3-0 victory away to ninth-placed Hoffenheim. Die Alte Dame have only lost three of their last 13 Bundesliga fixtures, and they are the 2.30 favourites to continue their good run with a win here. A draw would represent a strong result for the visitors, and Die Eisernen are 3.35 to get it.
Hertha to win to nil at 3.85
The first meeting between these teams stayed goalless until the 87th minute, while Hertha kept a clean sheet against Hoffenheim on their return to action last weekend.
Union to win 1-0 at 11.50
This promises to be a tight encounter, while it would be a superb result for the visitors if they could do the double over their more illustrious local rivals, leapfrogging them in the Bundesliga table in the process.