Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin 5/22/20 German Bundesliga Soccer Picks and Prediction
Union Berlin (9-3-14) at Hertha Berlin (8-7-11)
Bundesliga Soccer: Friday May 22, 2020 at 2:30 PM (WeserStadion)
The Line: Hertha Berlin +120 / Draw +220 / Union Berlin +200 -- O/U: 2.5
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Hertha Berlin hosts Union Berlin in the highly-competitive Berlin Derby in Bundesliga soccer action from the Olympiastadion on Friday afternoon.
Hertha Berlin picked up where they left off with a key three points in a big 3-0 win over Hoffenheim in their last outing. With the win, Hertha climbed into 11th place with a record of 8 wins, 7 draws and 11 losses. In the Hoffenheim match, the game was scoreless at the half before Hertha struck twice in a span of two minutes with a Hoffenheim own goal in the 58th followed by Vedad Ibisevic’s marker in the 60th. Matheus Cunha added a 3rd with a quarter of an hour to go to secure the win. Dodi Lukebakio leads Hertha with 5 goals and 5 assists while Ibisevic is right behind, tallying his 4th goal of the season in the Hoffenheim game. Rune Jarstein is Hertha’s #1 goalkeeper, averaging 1.6 goals conceded per 90 minutes with 6 clean sheets in 22 league appearances this season.
Union Berlin enter this match right behind in 12th position after also picking up where they left off pre-break after a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in their last match. The loss dropped Union’s record to 9 wins, 3 draws and 14 losses on the year. In the Bayern match, Union caught a break in the 19th minute when a goal from Bayern’s Thomas Muller was disallowed by VAR due to offsides, but Munich went ahead five minutes before the half with a goal from the penalty spot before putting Union away with a 2nd goal in the 80th minute and Union didn’t help their cause by having just 36% possession in the losing effort. Sebastian Andersson leads Union in scoring with 11 goals while Marius Butler has 7 goals and Christopher Trimmel has a team-high 7 assists. Rafal Gikiewicz is Union Berlin’s top goaltender, conceding 1.5 goals per 90 minutes while owning 6 clean sheets in 26 league appearances this season.
It’s hard to split the two sides apart, especially in a rivalry game like this one, and even with both teams in a relative purgatory zone, I still expect this to still be a highly competitive affair. With that said, while a loss to Bayern Munich isn’t all that to get upset about, is was still a 3rd straight loss for Union Berlin and a 4th straight match without a win. Hertha kept up their solid piay and picked up right where they left off by finishing strong against Hoffenheim and that win was big in terms of pushing Hertha away from the relegation playoff spot. I’ll take the team in better overall form and side with Hertha Berlin and the solid price at home to get the job done and the three points.