We all know where the Bundesliga title is heading come the end of the season, but European qualification behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich is still up for grabs. Hertha Berlin were very much in contention before a poor run since the winter break, and this will surely be more points dropped on Saturday.
Where and when: Allianz Arena – 24 February, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Bayern Munich vs. Hertha Berlin: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Hertha recovered from going two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw when the teams met in Berlin at the start of October.
Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin Predictions and Preview
Bayern go into this game having drawn their last two meetings with Hertha, after the Bavarians required a 96th minute goal from Robert Lewandowski to rescue a point almost exactly a year ago. That pair of draws came at Berlin’s Olympiastadion though, and it’s a different story in Munich.
Bayern have won all of their last 10 games at home to Hertha, and few would predict that run will come to an end this weekend. Der FCB have been in imperious form since the Bundesliga restarted in January, winning each of their six games to make it 10 in a row either side of the winter break.
Hertha’s form couldn’t be much different since the turn of the year, with just a single victory to their name. Friday’s defeat at home against struggling Mainz was a real hammer blow to a season that had looked so promising before Christmas. Die Alte Dame were chasing an unlikely Champions League place, but the Europa League seems the best they can manage now.
It’s no surprise that Bayern – who have Manuel Neuer slowly nearing a return – are heavy favourites in the betting. Jupp Heynckes’ side are priced at 2/11, which is only much use if your selection forms part of an accumulator. You’ll need to look past an outright bet for some decent value, with Die Roten priced at 10/11 to win to nil for a fourth consecutive time against Hertha at the Allianz Arena.
The visitors are 20/1 to pick up a massive three points, and any success will likely be built on stifling Bayern’s attack. If they manage to do that they Hertha are available at huge odds of 40/1 to win to nil. They won’t be helped by the likes of Vedad Ibisevic, Arne Maier, Peter Pekarik and Vladimir Darida, who are all expected to miss the game through injury.
If you think Pal Dardai’s side can escape from this fixture with another draw, that’s priced at 15/2. A 1-1 stalemate is 16/1, while 2-2 is available at 30/1.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: Bundesliga top scorer Lewandowski has five goals in his last five games, including an injury time winner from the penalty spot in Bayern’s last game at Wolfsburg. He’s 2/1 to open the scoring and 4/7 to bag anytime in a home win.
One to watch for Hertha Berlin: Salomon Kalou scored the equaliser against Bayern earlier in the season, and the former Chelsea forward is Hertha’s top scorer this season. He’s looking to reach double figures in the league, and is 16/1 and 18/1 to do so with the first or last goal of the game respectively.
Long shot: Bayern have scored 33 goals in their last 10 home games against Hertha. They’re 10/1 to win 3-0 in this one, and the odds increase to 20/1 if you predict Lewandowski will get the scoring underway.