Hertha v Dortmund- Olympiastadion Berlin at 15:30 GMT
Saturday afternoon’s Berlin battle could prove decisive for under-fire head coaches Ante Covic of Hertha, or Lucien Favre of Dortmund. The duo are under increasing pressure following dreadful Bundesliga results last weekend and there’s suggestions this encounter could prove crucial to their future fate.
Hertha head into this match on the back of four straight defeats, including a pitiful capitulation against Augsburg in their most recent outing. The capital club were hammered 4-0 and Covic – a loyal servant to the club over two decades – said his own future was the “least important” element of the aftermath.
The Croatian has failed to build on the stable foundations put in place by predecessor Pal Dardai with defending stability seemingly a million miles away for the current Hertha set-up. Saturday’s hosts have shipped at least two goals in seven of their 12 showdowns thus far, recording a solitary clean sheet.
Hertha’s home form has been sketchy too. The Berlin boys have already been beaten in three of their five fixtures at the Olympiastadion in league action with 10 of their 11-point tally picked up against fellow bottom-five battlers this term – against the rest, Covic’s charges have returned just W0-D1-L7.
Difficult to trust Dortmund
Such stats should encourage Dortmund, although the Germans are difficult to trust in their current situ. Die Schwarzgelben face a do-or-die trip to Barcelona on Wednesday evening in the Champions League, impacting preparation and recovery time ahead of their crunch trip to the capital.
Meanwhile, the nightmare of last Friday night’s match-up with doomed-to-relegation bottom side Paderborn lingers around BVB. The newly-promoted side were playing third-tier football only 18 months ago but were 3-0 up at the Westfalenstadion at half-time before Dortmund staged a second-half fightback.
Favre has been given a small vote of confidence by the club at their annual general meeting but those at the top of the Die Schwarzgelben hierarchy have reminded the Swiss boss that results would ultimately decide his future – beginning with this week’s trips to Barcelona and Berlin.
Against Paderborn, Dortmund looked like a team lost for much of the game, devoid of discipline or dynamism. They were mind-bendingly bad – alarmingly so considering the contest came on home soil. BVB have also made a habit of putting in sub-par efforts on the road and are therefore untrustworthy here.
Goals our best play
Instead, supporting a goal-heavy game is preferred in Berlin. The pair have both seen 10/12 (83%) of their respective Bundesliga matches this term feature at least three goals with a combined average of 3.59 goals per-game delivered in that time. Fifteen of those collective 24 tussles produced Over 3.5 Goals profit.
With that in mind, the 1.80 available on Over 2.75 Goals is far too good to be true and deserves to be snapped up.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 Goals at 1.800
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.