Hertha BSC vs Union Berlin 05/12/20

Hertha BSC and Union Berlin go head-to-head at the Olympiastadion in a potentially high-scoring Bundesliga affair. Indeed, each of their three competitive H2Hs held at this venue has produced over 2.5 total goals.

An underwhelming start to the season for Hertha has seen the home side pick up just two triumphs in their opening nine Bundesliga fixtures (D2, L5), as they sit only three points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the kick-off. Furthermore, ‘Die Alte Dame’ have yet to taste victory at home this term (D1, L3), with each of their three home defeats since the turn of the season yielding at least a two-goal margin. Indeed, a lackluster defending is the reason Hertha lament a league joint-high 11 home goals conceded. Particularly vulnerable after the half-time break, Bruno Labbadia’s men have registered a clear majority (63.64%) of their total home Bundesliga goals shipped in the second half of play (7/11). Late action is also well on the cards, considering six of Hertha’s nine league matches this season have contained at least one goal beyond the 75th minute.

As for the visitors, they have been nothing short of outstanding since losing 3-1 to Augsburg on Matchday 1, as they’ve gone unbeaten in eight subsequent Bundesliga contests (W4, D4). Curiously, teams were level at half-time in each of Union Berlin’s four away league matches this term, three of which yielded a goalless HT score. Indeed, nine of their 11 away Bundesliga goals scored/conceded so far have come in the second half of play. Urs Fischer’s men have conceded precisely one goal per game in their four league trips to avoid defeat in each and win the last two (D2). Also, ‘Die Eisernen’ did get on the scoresheet first three times during that four-game sequence but were pegged back within 20 minutes on each occasion.

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