The first week of Bundesliga action swept football fans off their feet with nine exciting matches. This weekend promises to be even better, as the top German teams return into the spotlight for key matches. At the middle of the tables, teams meet in unlikely derbies that are guaranteed to generate a lot of emotion and enthusiasm. Hertha and Union Berlin play the most exciting game on Friday, but two intense matches are also scheduled in the second division.
Hertha and Union Berlin Turn the German Capital into a Volcano
Hertha Berlin has claimed a stunning victory on the road on Saturday, by defeating Hoffenheim with three unanswered goals. This Friday, they have home pitch advantage and play against Union Berlin, a team that has just promoted to the Bundesliga. For most of the season, the visitors have exceeded expectations and gave opponents a run for their money regardless of venue. Recently they’ve had a hard time winning points and upon returning to Bundesliga action they were defeated at home by Bayern.
Losing to the reigning champions is hardly a surprise, but the same goes for a victory on the road against Hertha. Even though they don’t travel a long distance for this match, Union will lack the support of the fans and they play on a hostile stadium. That’s why bet365 Sports offers odds of 21/10 on the visitors to prevail, while the hosts are only priced at 13/10. The odds on a home win are surprisingly high, but they are likely to drop as kickoff draws near, so punters willing to back Hertha should act quickly.
Nurnberg and Wehen Cling on to Their Bundesliga 2 Hopes
Nuremberg were expected to return to the Bundesliga after being relegated to the second division. Not only this won’t happen at the end of the season, but they are now in real danger of relegating even further. That’s why, Friday evening’s match against Aue is of critical importance for the home side and they can’t settle for a draw. Granted they struggled heavily throughout the season, the hosts should be able to prevail and the odds of 9/10 offered by 888 Sport on their victory are quite high.
In the second match of the day in Bundesliga 2, Wehen are in a similar situation but they don’t have home pitch advantage. They play against Heidenheim, a team that has displayed aggressive football when having the support of the fans. This is likely to happen again on Friday at 5:30 PM UK time when the two teams meet in a must-win match. Once again, punters should side with the home squad, which is given odds of 4/5 by 888 Sport.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Wednesday, May 20 at 8 pm UK time.