Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin - Predictions, Odds and Live Stream
Our Pick: Take the "Yes" option here.
- Dortmund was on fire last weekend and still clings to hope of title challenge
- Hertha is an outsider for Europa League qualification after a fine run of form
- This should be an entertaining encounter between two attacking teams
|What||Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin|
|Where||Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany|
|When||Friday, 6 June 2020, 12:30 PM EST|
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Anything you can do, we can do… just as well. That was last weekend’s message from Borussia Dortmund, which responded to Bayern Munich’s 5-0 thrashing of Fortuna Dusseldorf by administering its own demolition of Paderborn. While Dortmund was unable to match Bayern’s clean sheet, it outscored the champion in an eye-catching 6-1 victory on the road.
Jadon Sancho was the headline-generator after a result that kept Dortmund seven points behind Bayern. That deficit will almost certainly be too large to close in the remaining five games of the season, but BVB’s players must ensure they do not have any regrets at the end of the month. Bayern may well take maximum points from its final few fixtures, but Dortmund will not want to be in a position where it failed to take advantage of any potential slip-up.
Sancho’s hat-trick against Paderborn was completed in second-half stoppage time, shortly after Achram Hakimi and Marcel Schmelzer got their own names on the scoresheet. The fact that half of Dortmund’s six goals came in the closing stages should not detract from the overall strength of its performance, which was one of the best the team has delivered in the second half of the season.
Yet Hertha will not fear Lucien Favre’s side on Saturday. The club from the capital is in fine form itself, having won three and drawn one of its four encounters since the restart. That run has seen Hertha make a late push for the Europa League, although it is fair to say that theirs is a daunting fixture list. As well as Saturday’s visit to Signal Iduna Park, Hertha must also face Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach before the campaign is out.
Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin Odds
|Over 3.5 goals||Odds|
Odds taken from bet365.
Dortmund has now scored in 26 of its 29 matches this season. Since the Bundesliga resumed in January after its customary winter break, Favre’s side has scored 39 goals in 12 games – a remarkable average of 3.25 per match.
Hertha has also been a great deal more efficient in attack since Bruno Labbadia replaced interim manager Alexander Nouri in the dugout in April. Its last four outings have yielded 11 goals; in Nouri’s final two games, Hertha struck five times.
With that in mind, odds of 100 on over 3.5 goals being scored at Signal Iduna Park look very tempting indeed.
Dortmund Continues to Demonstrate Attacking Quality Against Teams Other than Bayern
Of those three matches in which Dortmund has failed to put the ball in the net, two were against Bayern Munich (the other came in a 0-0 draw with arch-rival Schalke in October). Bayern certainly seems to have the measure of Dortmund, having won six of the last seven clashes between the pair.
In matches against anyone other than Bayern, though, Dortmund is prolific. It speaks volumes about the team’s attacking quality that BVB managed to score six times against Paderborn without star striker Erling Haaland playing a single minute. Even if Haaland also misses this game through injury, Dortmund is well stocked at the top of the pitch.
Sancho was understandably lavished with praise following the Paderborn thrashing, but Thorgan Hazard was also excellent on the night and Julian Brandt was Dortmund’s star performer in its first two games back. With wing-backs Hakimi and Raphael Guerreiro always keen to push forward, Dortmund routinely overwhelms its opponents.
Hertha Has Made a Fine Start to Life Under New Boss Labbadia
It has been quite the season for Hertha Berlin. The club began 2019/20 with four matches without a win, followed by three victories in a row. A sequence of seven winless games followed, leading to the replacement of manager Ante Covic with Jurgen Klinsmann.
Klinsmann was only in charge for two and a half months, however. Hertha initially did well under his leadership and pulled clear of relegation trouble, but results soon deteriorated and he too was dismissed in mid-February.
Labbadia is the fourth manager to take control of Hertha this term, and the team’s upturn in form under his guidance is promising. This most turbulent of seasons could yet end with Hertha back in Europe.
Dortmund Should Emerge Victorious but Hertha Will Ask Questions
For all that Hertha looks like a much better outfit under Labbadia, Dortmund remains a class above. With Sancho, Hazard, Brandt, and Haaland up top, it is hard to see Hertha keeping BVB out this weekend.
Nevertheless, the visitor to Signal Iduna Park will fancy its chances of finding the net. Hertha has done so with regularity in recent weeks, and we have already seen that the absence of supporters has made a huge difference to the concept of home advantage. At the very least, then, Hertha can expect to score on Saturday.
Take the Yes option here – Dortmund and Hertha have scored goals for fun in recent weeks and should serve up a spectacle here.