Hertha Berlin VS Werder Bremen Prediction
As usual the German Bundesliga offers a serious weekend activity and its peak hits on Saturday, when last fixture for that day, 10 December 2016, meets teams of Hertha BSC and Werder Bremen at the “Olympiastadion” in capital Berlin. After 13 rounds in top-tier of German football system and before beginning of all games from matchday 14, Hertha collects 27 points and this places “The Old Lady” from Berlin on the third position, with 3 points behind reigning champions Bayern Munich and on 6 from the surprising leaders RB Leipzig.
Werder Bremen arrives in Berlin with just 11 points won and this puts “The River Islanders” in really unenviable situation, having just three points more from the 16th placed Darmstadt 98 and four to its North rival Hamburger SV.
Hertha Berlin vs Werder Bremen – Team News and Match Preview
Despite poor positioning, Werder saw light in the tunnel and club from Bremen has won four points in past two Bundesliga rounds. A 2-2 draw during their visit in Hamburg for the “Nordderby”, followed by a 2-1 success last weekend, when Werder won over last-placed Ingolstadt. These two results against other relegation pretenders will inevitably boost the confidence of “The Green-Whites”, but mostly as a result of fact that Alexander Nouri’s men have escaped from the relegation zone. Nevertheless, Werder remains team with worst defense in the Bundesliga after they have conceded 32 goals in 13 games, which is with five goals more from the second worst defensive line – HSV. Definitely a reason to worry about and “The River Islanders” have to show certain improvement in order to avoid any relegation commitment until last day of the season, like it happened only few months ago and Werder had to tremble until last Bundesliga day, when they won in a direct battle against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Well, Eintracht were involved in a relegation playoff following that 1-0 loss in Bremen, but it seems “Eagles” from Frankfurt took their lesson and now they can replace Hertha from the third position, if they win against another well-performing team on Friday night – when Eintracht hosts to Hoffenheim. However, Hertha are with two points more from both sides which are right behind them (respectively 4th and 5th), so they can easily hold the third position through their own efforts.
Pal Dardai’s side has shown good improvement last season and they have finished 7th, which has awarded them with a position in the UEFA Europa League, but”Berliners” were surprisingly eliminated from Danish Brondby in third qualifying round. We don’t know whether there was a moment of underestimation or not, but Hertha looks really solid in the Bundesliga and especially in its home games. Indeed, Hertha have won all their matches at the “Olympiastadion” and they’re the only Bundesliga side that remains flawless at home with 18 points out of 18 possible, also backed by a decent goal difference from all six home games – 13:3. Apparently seventh successive home triumph falls on Hertha’s focus and it seems “The Blue-Whites” from Berlin will do their best to welcome club’s 125th anniversary, which is next year, as a Champions League member.
Hertha Berlin vs Werder Bremen – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Hertha returns at home after they have made a marvelous comeback at the “Volkswagen Arena” in Wolfsburg last Saturday, where score was 2-1 for the home side after only 18 minutes. Two second half goals scored from both wingers – the substitution Alexander Esswein and a late winner by Salomon Kalou, who scored a penalty in stoppage time, were crucial for the final 2-3 and thus Hertha kept its third position.
One week after victory in Wolfsburg, Hungarian coach Pal Dardai, who’s also a former midfielder of club from Berlin in period 1997-2011, as well as coach of the youth formations prior his main team appointment, can pick its starting squad with few first-team players back in selection. Per Skjelbred, Mitchell Weiser and skipper Vedad Ibisevic will return in contention, as first two were injured while Ibisevic had to serve its suspension against Wolfsburg. Bosnian striker has been replaced by Julian Schieber in that game, who could not score, but was effective and really useful up front.
Mitchell Weiser is expected to take its position at the right wing, where the Japanese Genki Haraguchi started last round, but he was replaced by Alexander Esswein in second half of the match. Norwegian midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred is also ready to return in Hertha’s starting formation, where he can start as a second central midfielder alongside Fabian Lustenberger.
Meanwhile, John Brooks is injured and his position at the centre-back can be covered by Niklas Stark, whose repositioning opens a space in midfield for Skjelbred.
Werder Bremen will be keen to avoid losing in third successive round, which will leave them out of the danger zone, no matter what happens in games of their opponents. Expectations are Alexander Nouri is ready to rely on same squad that started against Ingolstadt, meaning he should have goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny fully fit. Experienced Czech goalkeeper has suffered a torn muscle fibre in his calf, but the 37-year-old veteran stated he’s ready to start in Berlin.
In the meantime, all of Luca Caldirola, Ulisses Garcia, Izet Hajrovic and Florian Grillitsch have been ruled because of different injuries.
Final conclusion, Betting Odds and Prediction
Our betting prediction is completely inspired by the great form shown by Hertha so far in the season, but mostly of their home superiority. After game against Werder Bremen on Saturday night, 10 December 2016, “The Old Lady” has two more in its 2016 schedule, when next weekend Hertha travels to Leipzig and few days later they’ll take on another struggling side – Darmstadt 98.
All circumstances are backing Hertha here – potential record of six points in remaining three games (related with victories over Werder and Darmstadt), or why not even something more, will guarantee them position in top 4, so The Berliners can welcome Christmas in excellent mood. First of all they must win against Werder Bremen, which can inspire their further results and dreams for a remarkable achievement in the 2016-17 Bundesliga season.
We have already highlighted how “stable” Werder’s defense seems to be, but we must also note that 20 of the overall 32 goals conceded by a club from Bremen were away from home. Another good reason why Hertha looks capable to score more from its opposition on Saturday evening. Hertha Berlin to win against Werder Bremen – 1X2 Betting.
Venue: “Olympiastadion”, Berlin.
Referee: Harm Osmers.
Possible starting lineups of Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen
Hertha BSC: Thomas Kraft – Marvin Plattenhardt, Niklas Stark, Sebastian Langkamp, Peter Pekarík – Fabian Lustenberger, Per Skjelbred – Salomon Kalou, Valentin Stocker, Mitchell Weiser – Vedad Ibisevic. (4-2-3-1)
SV Werder Bremen: Jaroslav Drobny – Santiago Garcia, Niklas Moisander, Lamine Sane, Robert Bauer – Philipp Bargfrede, Zlatko Junuzovic – Serge Gnabry, Max Kruse, Fin Bartels – Claudio Pizarro. (4-2-3-1)