Hertha Berlin Goes for 11th Bundesliga Home WinPublished March 31, 2017 by Florin P
Hoffenheim travels to Berlin to face Hertha, a team that defeated Dortmund and split points with Bayern Munich (7:30 p.m UK Time).
Hertha Berlin has achieved something that no other team in the first German division has accomplished this season. They managed to pick up four points after facing both Dortmund and Bayern Munich in front of their fans. Against the reigning champions, they were just a couple of seconds away from victory and the visitors leveled the score in the last minute of overtime. Now they welcome Hoffenheim, another team that has significantly better results in front of its fans.
Hoffenheim Shows Signs of Weakness
Until recently, Hoffenheim was the only undefeated team in the Bundesliga, but since then they lost twice on the road. Their home record is still flawless, but today they won’t benefit from the support of their fans and will play in a more hostile environment. Hertha Berlin plays offensive football and this always gives them plenty of headaches, as the backline is showing signs of weakness.
The visitors have had a hard time keeping clean sheets over the last couple of weeks, both at home and on the road. Offensively, they rely on Wagner and Kramaric, but only a striker will feature in the starting formation this Friday. Splitting points on the road against Hertha isn’t exactly a bad scenario for them.
A Battle for the Champions League
At the beginning of the season, none of these two teams had reasonable expectations to finish on the fourth place. This grants access to the Champions League qualifiers, a rare opportunity for both clubs. That’s why the stakes are as high as they get and Hertha Berlin will not be happy with a single point.
For punters, the decision is pretty simple, especially now when bet365 Sports offers even odds on the hosts to prevail. The bookmaker will even refund the stakes if the match ends undecided, a distinct possibility given the fact that Hoffenheim drew seven fixtures on the road.