Bayern Munich travel to the Olympiastadion to face Hertha Berlin on Friday evening. Both sides come into the game after disappointing results in the midweek round of Bundesliga fixtures.
Where and when: Olympiastadion – 28 September, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Hertha Berlin vs. Bayern Munich: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Neither side could find a way through when they met at the Allianz Arena back in February, with the game ending in a goalless draw.
Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich Predictions and Preview
Bayern Munich dropped their first points of the new season on Tuesday, with a surprising draw at home to Augsburg. Hertha Berlin meanwhile lost away at Werder Bremen, although that result was less shocking than Bayern’s.
Arjen Robben gave Niko Kovac’s side the lead in midweek early in the second half, but Die Roten failed to kill the game off and substitute defender Felix Gotze rescued a point for the visiting Augsburg just a few minutes from time.
Bayern are still undefeated after their opening five matches, but the slip gives hope to the rest of the Bundesliga that the champions aren’t indestructible after all. The away side are still the heavy favourites in this game at 1/3, but Hertha will take heart from the Bavarians’ fallibility.
|Bayern to win to nil||11/8||Offer|
|Lewandowski to score first||21/10||Offer|
Die Alte Dame are 19/2, and they’ll also take some confidence from the fact that they haven’t lost against Bayern in their last three meetings. All three of those games ended in a draw, although Die Roten won 11 in a row before that, seven of them without conceding.
With those draws in mind though, another stalemate on Friday is priced at 5/1, and would breathe life into the Bundesliga title race at this early stage of the season. It would keep Bayern’s lead over Hertha at three points, and give Bremen the opportunity to draw level on points with the league leaders later in the weekend.
Peter Pekarik and Vladimir Darida are back in training and could boost head coach Pal Dardai’s options, although Matthew Leckie, Sidney Friede, Marius Gersbeck and Rune Almenning Jarstein are all doubts. Jordan Torunarigha and Marko Grujic are both out, while Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman and Rafinha miss out for the visitors.
One to watch for Hertha: Captain Vedad Ibisevic has four goals in six games at the start of the new season, including a brace in the recent 4-2 win against Borussia Monchengladbach. He is 12/1 to open the scoring on Friday.
One to watch for Bayern: Robert Lewandowski was handed a rest in midweek, remaining on the bench against Augsburg for the duration of Tuesday’s encounter. The Polish striker should be fresh for this game, and he’s the 21/10 favourite for the first goal.
Long shot: This fixture ended 2-2 last season, and the same result could be on the cards once again if Hertha sense that Bayern could be vulnerable after their midweek slip. That scoreline is available at 20/1 on Friday night.