Hertha slightly shocked Hoffenheim away from last weekend, celebrating a 0:3 victory in a definitely an unexpected way, at least when we talk about the margin difference. The first halftime was quite a balanced one with both teams having some chances.
However, once the second has started it was obvious that the team from Berlin was more concrete with the ball and simply were creating better chances. They shocked the opponents with two goals within two minutes, via an own goal and Ibisevic and it was easier for them to play since then, sealing a three-pointer via Cunha.
Surely it’s a positive vibe around Hertha now, but they do remain away from the European battle having eight points less than sixth-placed Wolfsburg. Anyhow, no doubt that they will give everything for a victory in a local derby game – just as their rivals.
Hertha team news
Central defender Rekik (14/1) is out injured. Offensive player Kalou (5/1) is suspended for known reasons. Midfielder Wolf (21/1) is doubtful for the moment.
Union Berlin couldn’t do better in a 0:2 loss at home against Bayern Munich last weekend. Neither it was expected nor logical since there’s no doubt that the Bavarians had a far better approach to all the problems and training sessions that occurred during this long break.
Even so, it was the team from Berlin that disappointed much – since the visitors didn’t completely outplay them nor they looked miserable on the field as it could have been expected. Simply, the quality difference was obvious, but even so, the Bavarians didn’t create really a lot.
They are having quite a satisfying season so far, and even though they aren’t mathematically safe from relegation – having seven points more than playout placed Fortuna, they will probably have a chance of taking a bit more relaxed approach in the next weeks.
Union team news
Offensive midfielder Malli (7/0) is unfit for the full match, while doubtful remains full left-back Lenz (25/0). Injured and out are offensive midfielders Gogia (3/0) and Becker (12/0). Suspended for this match remains central back Schlotterbeck (16/0).
Guests shouldn’t be underestimated
Labbadia started in the best possible way and it’s only logical to expect that Hertha will try to exploit their decent momentum. Union Berlin comes into this match as a slight underdog, but being this a local derby match and knowing that they’ve got very little to lose, I expect them to be quite attacking as well.
Hertha looked much improved and should be a favorite here, however also vulnerable at the back via counters. That’s the main reason why I’ll be going with goals in this one.