It is an unenviable week for Hertha Berlin in which they play three games in the space of seven days. The Old Lady of German football had three matches postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the club. Now, the relegation-battlers must make up the games and hope to collet points to avoid automatic relegation from the Bundesliga.
Hertha Berlin are currently 17th in the standings, one of the two automatic relegation places, and three points behind safety – two points off of the promotion-relegation playoff spot. Pal Dardai has five games to rescue the team’s season. They have two games in hand over their rivals at the bottom and, if Hertha Berlin can cash-in those games in hand, will remain in the Bundesliga.
On Thursday night, Hertha Berlin host Freiburg at the Olympiastdion. Freiburg are safe from relegation and sit in ninth place in the table. The Breisgau-Brasilianer are nine points off of sixth-place Bayer Leverkusen with four games to play. They still have a chance to make the Europa League for next season but need to win out and have the teams around them drop points.
Hertha Berlin will play their direct rivals to finish out the season. After Monday night’s 1-1 draw away to Mainz, Hertha Berlin will play Freiburg, 15th-placed Arminia Bielefeld, already relegated Schalke, 16th-place Koln, and 11th-place Hoffenheim. Hertha Berlin’s future is in their own hands.
Hertha Berlin vs Freiburg Betting Odds
The home team are unbeaten in nine straight Bundesliga matches between Hertha Berlin and Freiburg. The last four straight games all ended in the home team winning. The trend should give Hertha Berlin confidence, if the players are aware of it. The pressure will be high on Hertha Berlin. On Monday night against Mainz, they scored against the run of play before conceding a goal from an unstoppable strike. The defence held up for most of the match, however.
Hertha Berlin are at odds of 21/20 to win at home. A victory would lift Hertha Berlin into 15th place ahead of Koln and Arminia Bielefeld going into a massive six-point weekend fixture against the latter. Hertha Berlin are unbeaten in four straight Bundesliga matches with three straight finishing in wins.
Freiburg took seven points from the last 18 on offer in the Bundesliga. They outscored opponents eight to five during that six-game span. Christian Streich’s team are unbeaten in back-to-back games in the league. The Breisgau-Brasilianer are at odds of 19/7 to win at full-time and end the nine-game trend of the home side getting a result.
The reverse fixture between Hertha Berlin and Freiburg finished 4-1 in favor of the Breisgau-Brasilianer. Vincenzo Grifo opened the scoring but Hertha Berlin’s Dodi Lukebakio equalised just after halftime. From there, Freiburg scored three times through Ermedin Demirovic, Manuel Gulde, and Nils Petersen. Petersen’s goal came from the penalty spot.
Hertha Berlin vs Freiburg Team News
Dardai could be without three players still suffering from COVID-19. Forward Lukebakio, who scored in the reverse fixture, is still recovering and could miss the game. Lukebakio was absent from the team on Monday night against Mainz. Defender Marvin Plattenhardt is also still battling back from COVID-19 as is goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.
Defender Luca Netz is ruled out of the match due to a broken ankle. Midfielder Eduard Lowen could miss the match as well due to a muscle injury. Despite Hertha Berlin’s entire squad being in quarantine, the team looked good against Mainz. They were under pressure early on with Lucas Tosart’s headed goal coming from a free-kick.
Streich has no new injuries at Freiburg. The Breisgau-Brasilianer coach goes into the game with a full-strength squad. Freiburg are led in goals by the duo of Grifo (who scored against Hertha Berlin earlier this season) and Roland Sallai. The two forwards have combined for eight goals apiece. Grifo has six assists to go with his goals and has accounted for 31% of all Freiburg goals.
Freiburg have struggled on the road this season. They have lost three straight away matches and were held scoreless in two of those games. Hertha Berlin are unbeaten in three straight home fixtures.
Hertha Berlin vs Freiburg Prediction
Both teams to score goals: YES @ 8/11 - BET NOW
Eleven of the last 15 Bundesliga matches between Hertha Berlin and Freiburg finished with both teams scoring goals. That includes their match played earlier this season in Freiburg. Hertha Berlin have drawn three straight Bundesliga matches with each featuring both teams finding the back of the net. Freiburg saw two of their last four matches finish with both teams scoring goals.
Matheus Cunha to score anytime @ 7/4 - BET NOW
Matheus Cunha is Hertha Berlin’s best attacking player. The 21-year-old Brazilian came through RB Leipzig before landing at Hertha Berlin, where he has made an impact in two seasons. Cunha has seven goals and six assists in the Bundesliga. He has accounted for 37% of Hertha Berlin’s goals in 2020-21. Cunha has assisted a goal or scored one in two of the team’s last four games.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 17/20 - BET NOW
Eight of the last 15 games between Hertha Berlin and Freiburg in the Bundesliga finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Their match played earlier this season finished 4-1 in favour of Breisgau-Brasilianer. Hertha Berlin must rescue their season and they must score goals.
The Old Lady have conceded 49 times this season while scoring 35 times. They concede an average of 1.7 goals per fixture. Freiburg, on the other hand, have scored 45 times and allowed 43 goals to opponents.
Three of Hertha Berlin’s last six games finished with over 2.5 goals scored. They must win against Freiburg and cash-in their game in hand. The home team are unbeaten in nine straight games between these teams. Hertha Berlin need a draw at the very least to keep their upward momentum going. Freiburg will be difficult to defeat, although they have lost three straight games away from home. Can Hertha Berlin save their season?
Hertha Berlin vs Freiburg Tips
Here are our Hertha Berlin vs Freiburg tips for Thursday's Bundesliga match at Olympiastadion.
1. Both teams to score goals: YES @ 8/11
2. Matheus Cunha to score anytime @ 7/4
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 17/20
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