Hertha Berlin v Eintracht Frankfurt – Olympiastadion Berlin at 14:30 Live at BT Sport
Hertha Berlin managed to improve on their seventh-placed finish in 2016 to finish fifth last season and secure Europa League qualification. Pal Dardai’s wonderfully-organised outfit made their base in the capital a fortress and no side in Germany saw a bigger split between their home and away results.
Hertha secured 12 victories in Berlin but only three on their travels. Although 2017/18 hasn’t been quite as fruitful, last weekend’s 2-0 triumph at rock-bottom Koln was their first on the road in domestic or continental competition this season.
Vedad Ibisevic bagged a brace in Koln to move Hertha closer to the top-half of the Bundesliga standings and Dardai will no doubt now be targeting back-to-back victories when the capital club return to their Olympiastadion home on Sunday for the visit of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Hertha may have only W3-D2-L2 in Berlin during Bundesliga action this season but their two defeats arrived against top-four clubs Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke whilst the hosts have already held table-topping Bayern Munich and beaten Bayer Leverkusen here since September.
The Asian Handicap angle
Juggling league and Europa League football has proven challenging for the capital club but Hertha remain a force in Berlin, losing only six times here since the start of last season. Four of those six reverses came against top-four teams so supporting Dardai’s troops in the Asian Handicap appeals at the prices.
Indeed, the 1.97 available on Hertha from a scratch 0 start appears very generous when considering Frankfurt have lost half of their 24 road games since the start of last season.
Backing this bet will see our stake returned should the encounter end in a stalemate – the only way in which our selection can be classed as a loser is if the visitors pocket maximum points.
Frankfurt went down to in-form Leverkusen last weekend meaning Niko Kovac’s charges have managed just one win in their last five fixtures. Eintracht was under pressure from the outset and could have been more than a solitary strike behind before rallying to no avail late on.
The visitors have become more efficient and defensively adept under Kovac’s watch but the Eagles have still only tasted success in 8/29 (28%) away trips going back to the beginning of last season, failing to even score in 15 (52%) of those outings, so a trip to Berlin is unlikely to reap winning rewards.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Hertha Berlin DNB at 1.990
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