Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin Betting Tips: Can Union do the double over their rivals?
Drew Goodsell | 22 May 2020
Odds and preview for Friday night’s Bundesliga fixture
Hertha Berlin are 27/20 favourites here, with city rivals Union out at 2/1 for three points. The draw is priced at 23/10.
Hertha to win to nil is priced at 13/4, with Union priced at 9/2 to repeat the win to nil we saw in week 10 of the Bundesliga.
In the goalscorer markets, it’s Krzysztof Piatek who’s favourite to open the scoring at 9/2. Captain Vedad Ibišević isn’t far behind at 5/1, with Matheus Cunha 23/10 to score anytime.
For Union, Sebastian Andersson is the 4/1 favourite to break the deadlock, or you can find 3/2 on him anytime. Elsewhere, Anthony Ujah is 13/5 to get among the goals anytime.
Hertha Berlin grabbed their opportunity to jump above city rivals Union Berlin with both hands on the restart of the Bundesliga, putting three past Hoffenheim in a convincing win last weekend.
Union’s first match back after the break couldn’t have been any tougher, with defending champions and table toppers Bayern Munich visiting the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.
Despite playing well throughout, Bayern’s superiority shone through, with Union eventually succumbing to the pressure, and falling to a 2-0 home defeat.
Die Eisernen have been impressive in their first Bundesliga campaign. Victories against Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hertha earlier in the season have shown the side from East Berlin have the firepower and ability to put up a real challenge in a tough league.
They’ve taken 30 points from 26 games and sit seven clear of the relegation scrap. Looking up the table, they’re only nine points from a spot in the Europa League qualifiers. Could they dare to dream?
In contrast, Hertha haven’t quite hit the heights yet. A 2-2 draw against Bayern on the opening day showed real promise, but 11 defeats from their 26 games has shown a weakness and a huge level of inconsistency.
Die Alte Dame lost their way a little bit before the break, winning only two of their eight matches in 2020. The break gave newly appointed head coach Bruno Labbadia a chance to add his influence on a side in need of an identity.
They could be boosted by the return of Vladimir Darida, who’s back available for selection after a suspension. The Berlin derby may still come too soon for Australian international Mathew Leckie, who is fit following a knee injury but needs to work for his inclusion into the starting XI.
Dedryck Boyata has shaken off a thigh injury and is ready to play, with Peter Pekarik fit too. Marius Wolf is likely to miss out through a foot injury, while Salomon Kalou has been banished from the Hertha squad after flagrantly violating the lockdown rules.
It’s expected that Union coach Urs Fischer will keep the faith with most of the side that has eased into relative mid-table security. He’ll have Marvin Friedrich back for selection after he missed the Bayern match through suspension. Though he’ll now be without Keven Schlotterbeck after the defender picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign.
Union will still be without Yunus Mali through illness and Sheraldo Becker through a thigh injury. Akaki Gogia remains sidelined with knee ligament damage, and Christopher Lenz suffered a setback on his return in training. Suleiman Abdullahi and Grischa Prömel have recovered from long-term injuries and could be back in the side.
With bragging rights between the two City rivals on the line, can Union claim their second win over Hertha this campaign? Or will Hertha get their own back and start their push for a European spot? If they can find the form they hit last time out, they could have too much for Union in this one.
All odds and markets are correct as of date of publication.