Action in Germany came back with a bang this past weekend, and that only promises to continue with a tasty looking Berlin derby taking centre stage on Friday evening. Both sides are evenly matched in the league table this season, with the winners on Friday evening able to overtake their opponents in the standings.
Both sides endured contrasting starts this past weekend, as Hertha Berlin got their season back underway with a win, while Union Berlin was beaten by the league-leaders. Hertha’s performance was one of the best from the weekend, as they have now lost just once in their last five. However, their win on Saturday will go down as one of their best performances of the season, as they claimed a 3-0 win over Hoffenheim. After a goalless first half, Hertha went ahead 15 minutes into the second as Kevin Akpoguma put the ball into his own net. Hertha doubled their lead two minutes later as Vedad Ibisevic was clinical in front of goal. Matheus Cunha wrapped up the goalscoring with 15 minutes remaining to showcase Hertha’s dominance.
Union Berlin endured a more challenging weekend, as they were unable to lay a glove on Bayern Munich. They were able to keep the free-scoring Bayern at bay for long stretches, and only went behind after Robert Lewandowski converted a penalty in the first half. Union Berlin did have their chances as they recorded two shots on target, but Bayern made sure of the three points on their return to action with ten minutes remaining as Benjamin Pavard scored a header. Union Berlin may still have one eye on the teams below them, as there is a seven-point gap between themselves and Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin: Head To Head
This will only be the sixth time that these two sides have met. Union Berlin have won on two occasions, while Hertha have only beaten their rivals once. There have been two draws between the two sides. The meeting earlier in the season ended in a 1-0 win for Union Berlin, while Hertha haven’t beaten their rivals since 2012.
Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin: Prediction
This should be an entertaining fixture between two sides that are very evenly matched. However, it’s impossible to look past Hertha’s recent form. Their commanding 3-0 win over Hoffenheim is an example of how good they can be when they are in-form, and they will get another three points in this fixture.
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