Paderborn vs Hertha Berlin
Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: Benteler-Arena (Paderborn).
Biggest contender for swift return to Zweite welcomes managerless Hertha BSC to Benteler-Arena aiming to get back on the winning track in Saturday’s Bundesliga clash.
Paderborn vs Hertha Berlin: Match Preview
Klaus Gjasula came off the bench for instant impact to score as Paderborn came from behind to snatch an incredibly valuable point in Gelsenkirchen from 1-1 draw against Schalke 04.
Though everyone expected them to throw in the towel and make peace with their return down the divisions, Black&Blues worked their socks off and after woeful start of the season, they’ve finally started collecting some points; eleven out of total sixteen since December, not enough to escape from the bottom but enough to give them hope they can do so.
Steffen Baumgart’s men are second only to Werder when it come to most generous of the hosts in Bundesliga, winning just seven points since season’s start; recently, they’ve suffered two tough defeats at the hands of Leverkusen and Wolfsburg, conceding four goals in each game.
Hertha had been taking to extra-time in the DFB Cup round of 16 in midweek and it showed on the pitch last Saturday as Mainz run rampart and victoriously came home from Berlin with all the points in the bag.
Jürgen Klinsmann revitalized the Old Lady, getting them out of relegation zone and had them gunning for safety of midtable when he suddenly resigned, citing misunderstanding with the board but leaving Hertha at 14th, highest they’ve been this year.
On the road, Die Alte Dame is unbeaten since December 8th, managing seven points from three games, surviving Leverkusen’s BayArena and skinning the Wolves in the process.
Abdelhamid Sabiri, Gerrit Holtmann and Luca Kilian of Paderborn will sit this one due to injuries, joined in the stands by Gerrit Holtmann and Jamilu Collins, both suspended in previous encounters.
Hertha’s caretaker Alexander Nouri will have all his men but Marius Wolf available, who saw red last Saturday.
Paderborn vs Hertha Berlin: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (7 games): SC Paderborn 2 wins, 1 draw, Hertha BSC 4 wins.
- Paderborn have 2-0-1 record at home versus the Old Lady.
- Black&Blues left Berlin empty handed as Hertha took their chances in their last showdown (2-1).
- Our hosts couldn’t keep the ball out of their net last six times they’ve played Die Alte Dame.
- Three of their last five meetings ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Paderborn vs Hertha Berlin Prediction
Whilst Paderborn proved to be leaky as an unstanched wench at home lately, one can argue that it was due to facing attacking superpowers like RBL or Leverkusen or playing with ten men for most of the game v Wolfsburg. Against conservative-ish team like Hertha, we can expect that scoreline return to normal.
While this in-between managers situation can be tricky, rule of the thumb says that players usually respond positively to one, at least in the beginning. With Hertha having far superior squad to money-tight Paderborn, hard-fought victory for the guests is definitely on the cards. If you don’t trust them as much, go with DNB.
Paderborn vs Hertha Berlin Betting tips
Under 3.5 goals @ 1.50
Hertha BSC Draw No Bet @ 1.79.