Wolfsburg v Hertha Berlin – Volkswagen Arena at 17:00 Live at BT Sport
Wolfsburg head coach Martin Schmidt set a Bundesliga record of six successive draws as the Wolves found a stoppage-time equalizer for the second straight weekend, last time out at Schalke.
Schmidt joked that at half-time he told his team they were ‘invincible’ and his side obviously heeded the advice. Having gone a goal down to Nabil Bentaleb’s first-half penalty, and missing one of their own when the returning Mario Gomez slipped as he took it, Wolfsburg found a leveler through Divock Origi late on.
Although German football fans are pouring scorn on Wolfsburg’s penchant for draws, it’s worth noting the Wolves have had a tough start to the season. Four of their last five fixtures have come against top-half opponents and now with Gomez and John Brooks back from injury, progress may follow.
The betting angle
Wolfsburg has been chalked up as attractive 2.06 favorites to clinch maximum points against Hertha Berlin on Sunday and I’d be happy to support the hosts with a -0.50 Asian Handicap start.
Although wins haven’t been fluent, the home side has certainly been competitive and should be capable of ousting a Hertha side that’s suffered 11 defeats in their past 14 games as guests and face the added distraction of Europa League football on Thursday evening.
Hertha’s horrible road record
The visitors did put an end to their winless run of four in the league by beating Hamburg last time out in the Bundesliga. However, all three of their victories this term has arrived in the capital as the Berlin boys have collected just two points from a possible 12 on their travels.
In their most recent away outing, Salomon Kalou scored and missed a penalty in when the points were shared at Freiburg. In truth, Hertha was second best in that encounter and the visitors have now claimed only 10 (22%) wins in 46 away days in the Bundesliga under Pal Dardai’s leadership.
A huge 26 (57%) of those matches have ended in defeat for the capital club as they’ve been silenced on 20 (43%) occasions, so Sunday looks like the perfect opportunity for Wolfsburg to get off the mark under Schmidt.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Wolfsburg -0.50 at 2.070
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