Borussia Dortmund at Hertha BSC
|Date & Time||Saturday March 16, 2019, 1:30 PM (EDT)|
1/1 +500 / 1/2 +2000 / 1/X +1400 / 2/1 +3300 / 2/2 +200 / 2/X +1400 / X/1 +750 / X/2 +400 / X/X +500
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Hertha is hosting Borussia Dortmund in round 26 of German Bundesliga.
Hertha has been hot and cold so far this season but despite that they are holding 10thplace in the standings with 35 points and a home record of 5 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses. On the offensive end Hertha have scored 38 goals and have scored at least one goal in 6 of last 7 games. Duda has scored 10 goals and is Hertha’s top goal scorer while Ibisevic added 9 goals. Kade, Luckassen and Kopke are injured and will not play in this game. In their last game against Freiburg, Hertha was dominant with 65% ball possession and 6 shots on goal and 420 correct passes which was more the double of Freiburg but ended up loosing this game 2-1. Hertha doesn’t have really attractive game style and are offensively oriented and because of that it’s hard for them to compete with the big guys.
After an impressive start of the season, Borussia Dortmund have cooled off quite a bit and have got knocked out of Champions League and few days later given up the lead in Bundesliga to Bayern Munich despite the victory over Stuttgart last week in which they had 75% ball possession, 8 shots on goal and 88% of correct passes. Borussia has been top team in Germany for years thanks to their attacking game style and some of the best fans in the world but they always loose a step on the defensive end at the most important time and it looks like it’s going to be same this season as well. Alcacer and Reus leads Borussia with 14 goals while Sancho added 10 assists. Pisczek, Phillip and Witsel and important players for Borussia but will not play in this game because of the injury. Borussia has a really nice and enjoyable game style in Germany, and I dare to say even better the Bayern Munich but the team mentality at the key moments is not good and that is something coach Favre needs to work on if Borussia wants to keep up to Bayern Munich this season.
Head to head the trends are mixed with Hertha winning 10, Borussia 21 games while 12 ended in a draw out of last 43 matches played since 1997. In this match I’m giving the edge to Borussia Dortmund who will be looking to bounce back after a minor disaster last week.