Hertha – Union Berlin
Union Berlin won the capital derby in November when they achieved a 1-0 win over Hertha BSC at the Stadion An der Alten Forsterei. Now the Old Lady is aiming to avenge this defeat. Hertha will have the chance to do it on Friday when Bruno Labbadia’s team will host Union at the Olympiastadion.
This is a first match from the 27th round of the Bundesliga and second for the two teams after the COVID-19 pandemic pause. Both teams restarted their seasons in a completely different ways, though.
Hertha BSC came back with a bang in the Bundesliga. The capital team visited Hoffenheim at the PreZero Arena and shocked the home side with a perfect 3-0 win. At halftime it was 0-0, but after the break the visitors put their feet on the gas pedal. Hoffenheim’s Akpoguma scored himself an own goal, while Ibisevic and Matheus Cunha finished the job for Hertha.
After this win Hertha BSC climbed up to 11th place in the standings with 31 points. It’s a curious thing that they are just one position above their next opponent Union Berlin.
Union Berlin had the tough task to welcome Bayern Munich at home and they were not able to challenge the current champion. Robert Lewandowski opened the score for Bayern, while Benjamin Pavard doubled the lead. After this defeat Union are now 12th in the league with 30 points. They are on a nice distance from the relegation zone, though, which is the most important thing in this case.
Union Berlin’s manager Urs Fischer has some problems to solve before this game on Friday. He can’t use players like Maurice Opfermann Arcones, Sheraldo Becker, Laurenz Dehl and Akaki Gogia are still injured.
Hertha BSC and Union Berlin restarted their Bundesliga campaigns in a very different way, but nothing is certain for this fixture in the capital on Friday. Let’s see!