Hertha Berlin vs Zorya Lugansk
UEFA Europa League – Group-stage 2017/18
Date: Thursday, 2nd November 2017
Kick-off at 20:05 UK/ 21:05 CET
Venue: Olympiastadion (Berlin).
Hertha Berlin must win against Zorya to avoid an early exit from the Europa League.
Hertha are without a win after three games, they managed just 1 point via a goal-less draw with Bilbao, while losing to both Zorya and Ostersunds. They sit at the foot of the group table and will be eliminated if they fail to win on Thursday and Ostersunds avoid a defeat at Bilbao.
On the other hand, Zorya are second in the group with 6 points. They lost to Ostersunds while beating both Bilbao and Hertha. They could book their place in the knockout round with a draw here if Bilbao fail to win against Ostersunds.
Form-wise, Hertha are struggling in domestic league as well. The team managed just three wins in Bundesliga this season and are 11th in the standings. This could prompt head-coach Pal Dardai to heavily rotate the squad for Thursday’s fixture.
Meanwhile, Zorya’s domestic form is shaky as well with the team managing just 4 wins from the 14 matches so far. Yet, they are unbeaten in the last 6 with 4 of them being draws.
Hertha Berlin vs Zorya: Head-to-head
The first leg clash that ended 2-1 in favour of Zorya is the lone meeting between the two sides.
Hertha Berlin vs Zorya: Predictions
The forms of the teams are nothing special, but Zorya will be in a better mould after avoiding defeats in the last 6 matches in all competitions. Also, the Ukrainian side had won their last three away games. It won’t be a bad idea to back an away win here.
Hertha Berlin vs Zorya: Bet Tips
FT – Zorya @ 6.00
Both teams to score in the second half @ 3.70.
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