Hertha Berlin vs Brondby:
Europa League Qualifier.
Date: Thursday, 28-July-2016
Kick-Off: 19:15 UK
Venue: Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark (Berlin).
Hertha BSC aims for their first appearance in a UEFA tournament since 2009/10 season when they kick-off their campaign against Brondby for the third qualifying round fixture at home on Thursday. In their last appearance in 2009/10 Europa League, they made it through the group stages after finishing second behind Sporting CP. They were then eliminated by Benfica by 5-1 on aggregate in the round of 32.
The Berliners were involved in three friendlies as preparations for the upcoming season. There were victorious in the first two, a massive 10-0 win against local side Schwedt, which was followed by a penalty shoot-out win against French side Nantes. In the last match against PSV in Eindhoven, they suffered a 3-0 loss.
Brondby are a regular name in the qualification rounds of UEFA competitions, but they have made to the main tournaments since 2005/06 season. Their campaign in previous season ended at the third qualification round after losing to Greek side PAOK 6-1 on aggregate.
The Danes started their Europa League campaign at the first qualification round with a 10-1 win over Icelandic side Valur. However, they struggled in the second round tie against Scottish side Hibernian. Brondby earned a 1-0 win in the first leg away from home, but the Scots pulled level in the second leg sending the match to penalties.
Hertha Berlin vs Brondby: Head-to-Head
The only meeting between the two sides was during the play-offs of the 2009/10 Europa League season, where Hertha eliminated Brondby with a thrilling 4-3 win on aggregate. Brondby won the first leg at home by 2-1, and were 1-0 down after 75 minutes in the return leg at home. Gojko Kacar and current head-coach Pal Dardai struck within five minutes to draw level on aggregate. Kacar once again found the back of the net with 4 minutes to spare, sending Berlin to the group stages.
Hertha’s overall record against Danish sides from 6 matches is 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses. They are unbeaten in 3 home games with 2 wins and 1 draw.
Brondby faced German oppositions on 20 occasions at UEFA tournaments and remain with 7 wins, 5 draws and 8 defeats. Their record in Germany from 10 matches is 1 win, 3 draws and 6 losses.
Hertha Berlin vs Brondby: Predictions
Hertha Berlin are a much better side in terms of quality when compared to their Danish opposition. They have a good record at home against teams from Denmark and we can back them to come out of this match with a victory. This is further consolidated by the fact that Brondby had won only once while playing in Germany.
Hertha Berlin vs Brondby: Tips
- Hertha to win.
- Over 2.5 goals.