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Even in the summer of 2019, all Berlin soccer fans agreed that the two capital city derbies would be the big highlights of the Bundesliga season for them. A little less than a year later, everything is different. When the two first division teams from Berlin face each other on Friday evening as part of the 27th matchday, the expected derby atmosphere will hardly be felt.
The Olympic Stadium remains empty. Only the substitutes, various officials and journalists, armed with a mask, will take a seat in the stands behind the benches. To Hertha vs. Union Berlin odds of the best bookmakers, which imply a favorite role in favor of the home side, do not change the unusual conditions, however.
This assessment can also be traced back to the impressions of the past weekend, when the “old lady” celebrated a sovereign 3-0 win in Hoffenheim in the first game under the direction of Bruno Labbadia, while the Iron Men at home against FC Bayern as expected 0: 2 were the losers.
Through these differently successful re-starts after the compulsory break, the blue and whites passed the city rivals in the classification and also have the chance on Friday to take revenge for the first leg. In early November, the ambitious Chaos Club from Wilmersdorf at the Alte Försterei lost 0: 1.
If you google for Hollywood, you will be automatically forwarded to Bayern. This season, however, a club in the capital has set itself the goal of challenging the record champions of this sometimes harmful reputation. Of course, we’re talking about Hertha BSC. For a few weeks now, the former founding member of the Bundesliga has been stuck in every sneak peek that gets in their way on the way to the targeted national top.
First it was the short interlude with Jürgen Klinsmann including his Facebook withdrawal. The association, which has an extremely potent investor in Lars Windhorst, then wrote with the installation of Jens Lehmann on the board and with the scandalous live video by Salomon Kalou from inside the BSC site for primarily negative headlines.
It was triggered by Dedryck Boyata’s very deep goal celebration, who kissed his teammate Marko Grujic on the cheek despite the hygiene rules and thus caused a lot of discussion again. At least sportily, the restart was almost optimal after the interruption.
At the debut of new coach Bruno Labbadia, the Berliners abducted all three points from Sinsheim thanks to a significant increase in performance in half time and should therefore have got rid of all relegation concerns ahead of schedule. Although the lead over the relegation place is still only eight points, it was still obvious that the “old lady” with an experienced coach on the sidelines will probably look up rather than down in the coming weeks.
The new impulses from Bruno Labbadia as well as the fueled self-confidence from the victory at TSG Hoffenheim in connection with the undisputed quality in the squad of the eleventh table justifies Hertha vs. Union Berlin tip on the host.
The fact that there will be no fans in the Olympic Stadium is even more likely to play into the cards of the capital club, because the blue and whites have so far gained more points away from home (19) than at home (twelve). Due to injury, Labbadia, who demands a top performance from his team, has to do without… ..
Thanks to an absolutely satisfactory and, above all, surprisingly constant premiere season in the upper house, the topic of relegation battle was hardly present for long distances at 1. FC Union Berlin. However, this could possibly change in the coming weeks as the lead on the relegation place is only seven points.
In spite of all justified concerns about slipping into the table cellar, it should be noted, however, that the Iron people make such a stable and confident impression that the relegation could in reverse be fixed in the near future. An away win in the derby at Hertha, equivalent to the city championship won in 2019/2020, would provide additional relief.
The undertaking is by no means easy, however, as the Köpenickers in the second half of the season were not always able to maintain the level shown in the first half series. It is no coincidence, for example, that goalie Rafal Gikiewicz, who is retiring at the end of the season, has had to reach 19 times in nine matches. Only FC Augsburg conceded more goals after the winter break.
The record champion acted dominantly and, despite a decent defensive performance by the Berlin team, ultimately had few problems to concede the 2-0 away win. Above all, there needs to be an offensive if the twelfth of the classification wants to celebrate the third three away from their recent four appearances on Friday evening in the Olympic Stadium.
One of the hopes is that the trainer will be available again. Urs Fischer was missing at the start for private reasons, but is now back with the team after two negative tests. In our eyes, however, this does not change the fact that between Hertha and Union Berlin the forecast for the “old lady” seems more promising than another coup by the supposed outsider.
Compared to the previous week, the Swiss coach will probably make one or two changes. Christian Gentner and top scorer Sebastian Andersson are options for the starting eleven. Due to injuries, Fischer still has to do without Becker, Gogia and Dehl. Central defender Schlotterbeck saw his fifth yellow card against Bayern and therefore has to watch blocked.
Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin head to head matches
02.11.19 BUN Union Berlin Hertha Berlin 1 : 0
11.02.13 2BUN Hertha Berlin Union Berlin 2 : 2
03.09.12 2BUN Union Berlin Hertha Berlin 1 : 2
05.02.11 2BUN Hertha Berlin Union Berlin 1 : 2
17.09.10 2BUN Union Berlin Hertha Berlin 1 : 1