The Berlin derby is on the clock. Both teams will be squaring off in Olympiastadion this weekend on matchday 27. Hertha and Union are currently on the 11th and 12th of the table with only one point away. This clash will certainly be tough one for the visitor’s side as they had a contrastive result compared to their contender last week.
Both teams’ previous matches
Hertha began their post covid-19 break era by a victory. Under their newly appointed manager, Bruno Labbadia, Vedad Ibisevic and Co crushed Hoffenheim three goals to nil. Kevin Akpoguma’s own goal gave Hertha the lead at the second half. Then, Vedad Ibisevic’s header and the strike of Brazilian promising forward, Matheus Cunha helped them seal their win last week.
Their local rival, on the other hand, were hapless while taking on Bayern Munich. Union Berlin simply could not level their performance to the defending Champions despite only being conceded two by Robert Lewandowski’s penalty and Benjamin Pavard’s header. Such result was enough to keep Dortmund at the second.
Bruno Labbadia seems to be in favour of a more pragmatic tactical approach with 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 formation. He counts on Vedad Ibisevic as a targetman accompanied by Matheus Cunha who has the ability to cut inside the penalty box. On both flanks, Maximillian Mittelstadt and Dude Lukebakio or Mariusz Wolf will be constantly providing long cross for the frontman.
Urs Fischer’s preference to employ 3-4-3 seemed to work well against Bayern as they were only conceded by set pieces, a penalty and a header proceeded by a corner kick. He only needs to brush up the attacking side, which was unable to endanger their opponent’s defense line. Luckily, some names who will miss the game due to their injury are not the regular ones in the line up such as Yunus Malli, Akaki Gogia and Sheraldo Becker.
Players to watch
In Labbadia’s reign, Hertha is likely to rely on the senior and experienced figures to support the young guns. Vedad Ibisevic and Rune Jarstein, who was rarely picked in the line up in Klinsmann or the caretaker Alexander Nouri, might be one example. Some other possible key men are the Serbian Milan Grujic, the Danish Per Skjelbred and the Slovenian Peter Pekarik.
In Union Berlin, their top performers of this season are their top scorer Sebastian Andersson with eleven goals, the top assists provider Christopher Trimmel with seven assists and left wing back Christopher Lenz.
Hertha’s impressive form will potentially endure this weekend as they have confidence boost from last week victory and a mission to retaliate due to their defeat in the previous encounter. This could be a challenge for Christopher Lenz and Co who could be improving their form after last week’s unfortunate result and aim for three points to take over their rival’s position in the standings.
This fixture is considered even. Nevertheless, the home side is still backed to win higher at 2.25 than Urs Fischer’s men whose win market is only at 3.20. The odds for the draw result are at 3.35.