Union Berlin vs Hertha Berlin Predictions

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Union Berlin to Win

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Union Berlin 2-1

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Taiwo Awoniyi To Score Anytime

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Tip Reasoning

  • Union Berlin have only lost 8 of 40 Bundesliga home games since their first ever promotion to the top flight in 2019.
  • Hertha have attempted the fewest shots in the Bundesliga, and only scored more than once on 3 occasions this season.
  • Union’s only Bundesliga losses this season came against the league’s top two.

Home Comforts for Union Berlin

It didn’t take Union Berlin long to become the dominant force in Germany’s capital. Little over two years on from their first promotion to the top tier, the side from the former East Germany have cemented their Bundesliga status and are playing European group stage football for the first time. Their more illustrious neighbours Hertha trail them by 4 points ahead of the fifth Berlin derby of the Bundesliga era.

Union are looking to defend one of the most fearsome home records in German football; staggeringly, they have lost just 8 games at the Stadion An der Alten Forsterei since their 2019 promotion. Despite dealing with the added demands of UEFA Conference League football this season, Union’s only two league defeats to date came courtesy of Borussia Dortmund (4-2), and Bayern Munich (5-2), with only the perennial champions beating them on their own turf.

Cross-city rivals Hertha, meanwhile, have enjoyed a mixed season under the management of returning club stalwart Pal Dardai, recovering after losing their first 3 matches to sit 4 points above the bottom 3. Hertha’s biggest issues have come in attack; this season, they have attempted the fewest shots in the Bundesliga, have only scored 2 goals on 3 occasions, and don’t have a single player with over 2 Bundesliga goals to their name.

Hosts to Claim the Bragging Rights?

Union will be keen to see influential veteran Max Kruse return from an injury that leaves him doubtful for Saturday. If Kruse doesn’t make it, it will be left to others to supply the lethal Taiwo Awoniyi, who has 9 goals in all competitions this term.

Given Union’s fantastic home record and Hertha’s attacking troubles, it would take a brave man to oppose the hosts for this televised showdown. It should be close and competitive; Hertha’s dreadful tally of 24 goals conceded is misleading, given almost half of those came in 5-0 and 6-0 drubbings by Bayern and RB Leipzig, but Union, who’ve scored in all but one of their Bundesliga games, should come out on top.

With Union failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 6, an entertaining 2-1 home victory seems a reasonable correct score prediction for what’s sure to be a full-blooded, entertaining derby. For those who fancy a play on the goalscorer markets; back Awoniyi to reach double figures on derby day; he’s netted 7 of the hosts’ 17 league goals this season.


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