The Bundesliga kicks off again this Friday as champions Bayern Munich take on Hertha Berlin at 7:30pm. The visitors last beat their upcoming opponents in September 2018 thanks to goals from Vedad Ibisevic and Ondrej Duda, however during 2018/19 it was this week’s hosts who came out victorious on both occasions, first 2-3, then 1-0 in February.
Bayern’s first competitive matchup this season came against their rivals Borussia Dortmund, and they were left empty handed as they made their exit from Signal Iduna Park earlier this month. Paco Alcacer put the home team in the lead shortly after half time, while English starlet Jadon Sancho doubled their advantage only twenty minutes later. Considering they had far more possession of the ball and more shots than Dortmund on the night, Bayern will be looking to improve their performance levels in this one as they seek yet another Bundesliga title.
Hertha Berlin have started their competitive campaign with a 1-5 win over VfB Eichstatt, where Dardai, Ibisevic, Kalou and Esswein all got on the scoresheet to beat their opponents with ease.Notable results during pre-season came against Crystal Palace and Fenerbahce, both of which they were winners in. Versus the Premier League outfit, it was a comfortable ninety minutes as goals from Selke, Mittelstaedt, Ibisevic and Plattenhardt were enough to thrash Roy Hodsgon’s men.
Javi Martinez may be forced to sit this one out due to a knee injury, while Jerome Boateng has returned to training after recovering from an ankle problem. They’ll be without Mats Hummels who moved back to his former club, Dortmund, over the summer, while some big performances are needed from pivotal players within the camp. These include names such as Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman, Thiago and Thomas Muller, with each of them huge parts of a slightly new-look Bayern side that no longer has Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
The visiting team have plenty of injury concerns ahead of this one, with six individuals expected to miss out. Arne Maier, Javairo Dilrosun, Julien Albrecht, Marvin Plattenhardt and Peter Pekarik are doubts, while Dedryck Boyata should return to action sooner than the rest. Former Chelsea man Salomon Kalou has become a firm fan favourite at Hertha Berlin, and Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic is planning on a mightily impressive campaign this year, with a spot in the European champions’ squad in his sights for 2020.
Bayern are, as expected, massive favourites for this clash. We can’t ignore the pure class that oozes from the squad, with many players walking into some of the best teams in Europe. There’s just one outcome that we’re betting on here, and that’s a win in favour of Bayern Munich. You can find odds of 1.91 for Bayern to win to nil on Friday, and that goes down as our first tip. They’ve defeated Real Madrid and AC Milan in friendlies, and while nobody should read much into those results it still show that they can compete and beat the best. Our favourite price here is over 3.5 goals @ 2.00, as when Bayern play there’s usually quite a few goals scored, particularly when the attackers are on song.