Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin: Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview with h2h stats, form guide, team news and starting line-ups for German Bundesliga clash on 22 May 2020, Friday, scheduled to kick off at 19:30 UK/ 19:30 CET at the Olympiastadion (Berlin).
It is Berlin derby when the two Hertha welcome Union this Friday. Union won with a late penalty goal in the reverse fixture at the Alten Forsterei early this season, their first every Berlin Derby in the Bundesliga.
Now that Hertha Berlin made a winning start under Bruno Labbadia, focus will be switched to improve the home record.
The Old Lady’s last home win date back to December 14 and the team have drawn and lost 3 each since. Furthermore, they managed just 3 home wins all season.
But Labbadia can take positives from the outing at Sinsheim as they put 3 unanswered goals past a wobbly Hoffenheim. All goals came in the second half and in a span of 16 minutes.
The win gave Hertha an outside chance to challenge for European football, the gap now stand at 8 points. However, Hertha are 11th in the table and the competition for one last spot for Europa League is intense.
Union Berlin are only 1 spot behind their cross city rivals and the point deficit between the sides is 1 point.
The Eisernen were beaten at home by Bayern Munich and now they are on a three match winless streak in Bundesliga, a draw followed by back-to-back defeats.
It is worth to note that, Union had some tough fixtures to negotiate since December and they managed only 3 wins and 1 draw from those 11 game span, losing 7.
Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin Head-to-head
A 90th minute penalty from Sebastian Polter gave Union the win when these two met earlier this season.
The four previous meetings between the two sides happened in the second division between 2010/11 and 2012/2013 seasons.
The win on 11th December is the first by a home team in the derby.
Union have now won 2, drew 2 and lost 1 in overall 5 meetings with Hertha.
They are also unbeaten at the Olympiastadion, with a 2-2 draw and 2-1 win.
Four of the 5 meetings saw both teams scoring and 3 of them recorded over 2.5 goals.
Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin Prediction
It is a good start for Hertha under Labbadia and they will be keen to carry the momentum to Olympiastadion this Friday. However, this won’t be an easy task.
Since this is a derby and the Old Lady managing only 1 home in 10 games, the bookies are pricing them at 2.30 odd, which means backing home win comes with a considerable risk.
I am in full agreement with this since Union can be a threat on the counter as well as from set piece situations. And we are talking about a team that scored in 9 of their last 10 games on the road.
Hertha are inconsistent in scoring department, but they have come to life in the last three games as they found the back of the net 8 times. The winter signing from Leipzig, Matheus Cunha is the man with golden touch, who scored in all three games.
Meantime, Sebastian Andersson is the man to watch on the opposite dugout, who is his team’s top scorer with 11 goals. The Swedish striker was deemed unfit to start against Bayern and only played 19 minutes as a second half substitute, having scored 3 times in the previous 4 games.
This is why I consider both teams to score as the top pick for this Bundesliga match.
While also considering three points are extremely valuable for both sides, over 2.5 goals full-time qualify as a strong alternate.
It won’t be a surprise if this match ends in a 2-2 or 3-2 full-time scoreline.
Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin Betting Tips
Both teams to Score @ Evens (1.98).
Over 2.5 goals to be scored @ 4/5 (1.80).