With German football making its return to action behind closed doors last weekend, Berlin bragging rights will be up for grabs on Friday night when Hertha welcome bitter rivals Union to an empty Olympiastadion Berlin.
Although The Old Lady might have continued to show some worrying inconsistencies prior to the enforced break, Hertha shocked many by picking up what was a stunning 3-0 romp away at European hopefuls Hoffenheim last week.
On the flip side, while Friday’s hosts might have put in arguably a season-best display on their return, Union are simply looking to draw a line under what has been a sluggish patch.
Hit with what was an expected 2-0 defeat at home against defending champions Bayern Munich on Sunday, the Reds have lost their last three matchups across all competitions and have won just one of their previous five Bundesliga appearances.
However, with Union picking up what was a famous 1-0 win when they hosted their rivals earlier in the season, you might be interested to know that another shock derby day win for Friday’s guests can be found priced at 9/4 with Coral.
Hertha’s home headache
While Hertha may have managed to make some rather drastic improvements after what was a torrid end to 2019, Bruno Labbadia’s men almost find themselves stuck in Bundesliga limbo.
Simply looking to try and temporarily break into the top-half of the table on Friday night, The Old Lady should be boosted by what was a rampant display on their travels last weekend.
Shocking almost everyone across Germany on Saturday and landing a thumping 3-0 romp away at Hoffenheim, there is no doubt that Labbadia will be desperate for his side to make some much-needed alterations on home soil.
Remarkably, including what was an embarrassing 5-0 hammering at home against Koln prior to the break, Hertha have failed to win any of their last six Bundesliga matchups in Berlin, a run that stems back to the middle of December.
Even more worrying for Friday’s hosts, collecting just a single top-flight win at the Olympiastadion in their last 10 attempts, they have also failed to find the net in four of their previous six matchups on home soil.
Also drawing a blank when they faced off against their bitter rivals earlier in the season, you might be interested to know that Hertha can be found priced at 11/4 with Ladbrokes to face a similar outcome this week.
Union’s defensive struggle
Although a stunning start to the season may have seen Union’s debut Bundesliga campaign described as a fairy tale, Urs Fischer’s men have come crashing back down to earth since opening 2020.
Returning from the unexpected break with what turned out to be a routine 2-0 defeat against defending champions Bayern Munich, the Reds have lost their last three matchups on the bounce and have continued to show some worrying issues at the back.
Failing to ask many questions of the German giants last weekend, Friday’s guests have conceded at least a pair of strikes in each of their last four appearances on the bounce and have landed just a sole Bundesliga clean sheet since the end of January.
Even more worrying for Fischer’s side, the top-flight debutants have landed just a sole clean sheet on their travels all season, the worst record of any side in the division.
You might be interested to know that Union can be found priced at 6/5 with William Hill to once again ship over 2.5 goals on their travels this week.