Werder Bremen vs Hertha Berlin Prediction, Preview and Betting Tips
Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin are still looking for their first three points in the new year and they’re both determined to get them in game week 20, when their encounter at the “Weser-Stadion” in Bremen is set to close Saturday’s Bundesliga schedule.
Previous clash between these two sides was back in round 3, 10 September 2017, and ended with no winner: 1-1 at the “Olympiastadion Berlin”. Matthew Leckie opened the score for Hertha in closing part of the first-half but Thomas Delaney’s equalizer (59th min) was enough to secure a point for guests from Bremen.
Bundesliga: Werder Bremen vs Hertha Berlin 27.01.2018
Florian Kohfeldt has given Werder Bremen a new lease of life after one of their worst starts to a Bundesliga campaign. Although Werder’s tally of 16 points from their first 19 games is still their weakest ever return at this stage of a season, 11 points out of nine games under Kohfeldt’s management means that things are somehow improving. Maybe slower than anticipated but there are some positive signs in the Bremen outfit, especially if we consider they’ve won a point vs Hoffenheim and gave serious resistance to Bayern München in first two 2018 Bundesliga rounds. Nevertheless, “The River Islanders” are yet to win a game after their surprising 2-1 win in Dortmund on 9 December. It has been followed by two home draws and two defeats on the road – both against the top 2 Bundesliga sides this year – Bayern and Bayer Leverkusen.
After wrapping up 2017 without a defeat in four consecutive games (all competitions) and a 3-2 win on the road to RB Leipzig, Hertha can be nothing but frustrated with just one point from their opening two matches of 2018. In fairness to the Berliners, they were the much better side against Stuttgart (a 1-0 defeat away), with the woodwork and a few brilliant saves from Stuttgart goalie Ron Robert Zieler denying them a few times, and last weekend’s hard fought 1-1 draw at home to Borussia Dortmund, which is certainly a respectable result.
“The Old Lady” is with 9 points over its Bremen opposition, as well as on five points behind top 6 and the European spots, which can be a realistic target if Hertha materialize a good run in following weeks.
Team News and Missing Players
SV Werder Bremen
Hosts from Bremen are without the injured goalkeeper Michael Zetterer, midfielder Niklas Schmidt and attacker Fin Bartels, who is likely to miss rest of the season with an Achilles injury.
Hertha’s regular goalkeeper Rune Jarstein will miss out once more, but that’s not the only issue for Pál Dárdai. Hungarian coach will not rely on the centre-back Karim Rekik, who needs to gain match fitness in the first place, as well as on youngsters Julius Kade and Sinan Kurt.
Young central defender Jordan Torunarigha returns after suspension but we doubt Hertha’s boss is willing to rotate his defensive line right now.
Werder Bremen vs Hertha Berlin Prediction and Betting Tips
When it comes to betting perspectives, backing goals at both ends looks the best bet for Saturday’s clash. Hertha have been in fine scoring form, finding the back of the opposition net in all but one of their last 16 competitive matches, but the Berliners have consistently struggled at the back over this run, keeping just two clean sheets.
Werder Bremen have not lost to Hertha BSC since 2013 – 4 wins and 4 draws in this term. Besides, “The River Islanders” are unbeaten in four consecutive home outings.
On the other hand, both teams have scored in 68% of Hertha Berlin’s Bundesliga games this season and we find that as an attractive reason to place similar bet once again. Our betting prediction suggests: “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Possible Lineups of Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC
Venue: “Weser-Stadion”, Bremen.
Referee: Bastian Dankert.
SV Werder Bremen: Jiri Pavlenka – Theodor Gebre Selassie, Milos Veljkovic, Niklas Moisander, Ludwig Augustinsson – Philipp Bargfrede – Zlatko Junuzovic, Thomas Delaney, Maximilian Eggstein, Jerome Gondorf – Max Kruse. (4-1-4-1)
Hertha BSC: Thomas Kraft – Mitchell Weiser, Fabian Lustenberger, Niklas Stark, Marvin Plattenhardt – Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Arne Maier – Valentino Lazaro, Ondrej Duda, Salomon Kalou – Davie Selke. (4-2-3-1)