With the German fixtures really starting to pile up following their return from the enforced break, a high-flying Hertha Berlin will look to extend on their recent charge when they host Augsburg on Saturday afternoon.
Picking up what was a more than deserved point away at title outsiders RB Leipzig in midweek, few across the Bundesliga would have expected what has been quite the return to action for the Old Lady.
On the flip side, while Hertha might be in the midst of arguably their brightest run of the season so far, Augsburg are simply looking to find some stability and widen themselves from the drop zone.
Playing out what was a sluggish 0-0 draw against rock-bottom Paderborn earlier in the week, it appears that Augsburg’s 3-0 romp against Schalke last weekend might have just been a minor bounce.
You might be interested to know, with each of the last four meetings between the two sides seeing over 2.5 goals at full-time, another thriller at the Olympiastadion can be found at 8/11 with William Hill.
Hertha on the charge
Although some worrying issues either side of the festive break might have started to panic some around the Olympiastadion, Hertha have continued to catch the eye since making their return to action a fortnight ago.
Unlucky to have not left the Red Bull Arena with maximum points and dominating large spells against the title outsiders, Bruno Labbadia’s side have collected seven points out of a possible nine since returning from the enforced break.
Including what was a stunning 3-0 win away at European hopefuls Hoffenheim earlier in the month, Saturday’s hosts also have a growing reputation for their performances in the final third.
With January arrival and former AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piątek once again finding the net on his travels in midweek, the Old Lady have now landed nine goals since making their return, with that run also highlighted by a 4-0 romp against bitter rivals Union last weekend.
More impressive, bagging at least a pair of goals in their last five matches on the bounce, Hertha can be found priced at 4/5 with Ladbrokes to bag over 1.5 goals on Saturday afternoon.
Augsburg’s inconsistencies on display
Although a shock 3-0 win away at a struggling Schalke last weekend might have been just the boost that Augsburg were hoping for, HeikoHerrlich’s side slumped back to their old habits in midweek.
Only managing to play out a 0-0 stalemate against rock-bottom Paderborn on Wednesday night, the Whites have landed just a single win in their previous eight Bundesliga appearances.
Opening the weekend holding a four-point buffer over the relegation play-off spot and still looking over their shoulder, Augsburg also have a growing reputation for their worrying inconsistencies, particularly on the road.
Despite their shock display away at a downbeat Veltins Arena last weekend, Herrlich’s men have lost their other five top-flight matches on their travels.
You might be interested to know, now drawing a blank in four of their last five matches away from the WWK Arena, Saturday’s guests can be found priced at 2/1 with Betfair to leave Berlin empty-handed this weekend.