Hertha Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen- Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Bayer Leverkusen has its Champions League fate in its own hands
- Hertha Berlin looks set to end an inconsistent campaign in poor form
- Leverkusen should emerge victorious from its penultimate game of the season
|What to watch||Hertha Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen|
|Where||Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany|
|When||Saturday, 20 June 2020, 9.30 AM EST|
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Just as soccer leagues in England, Spain and Italy prepare for their first weekends back, the German equivalent is about to wrap up for the season. The Bundesliga resumed its campaign earlier than its European counterparts and, although there are only two rounds of fixtures remaining, there is still plenty to play for at both ends of the division.
Bayern Munich has already made sure of its 30th title of all time. A 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen on Tuesday was sufficient to secure the crown for Hansi Flick’s side, which has been in magnificent form throughout this calendar year. At the opposite end of the table, Paderborn’s relegation to the second tier has now been confirmed.
It is still not clear which team will be joining it in the 2. Bundesliga next term, though, nor which club will contest the relegation play-off. And we are still waiting to learn the identities of the outfits that will be joining Bayern and Borussia Dortmund in the 66th edition of the Champions League in 2020/21.
With a comfortable four-point lead over fifth spot, RB Leipzig is virtually assured of one of the remaining two spots. The remaining one will be filled by either Bayer Leverkusen or Borussia Monchengladbach, with the former in pole position due to its one-point advantage. But with Gladbach set to face last-placed Paderborn this weekend, there is pressure on Leverkusen to avoid a slip-up against Hertha Berlin.
Hertha Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen Odds
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In contrast to its opponent, Hertha has nothing left to play for after its slim Europa League chances were extinguished following a poor run of recent results. There is a sense that the club is keen to get this season over with, and that will favor Leverkusen here.
However, Hertha’s scoring record throughout 2020 has been good; indeed, in its last nine matches it has failed to find the back of the net just once. With that in mind, back Hertha to score but Bayer Leverkusen to win.
Leverkusen in Pole Position to Secure Top-Four Finish – but a Win Here Is Vital
As mentioned above, Gladbach is likely to collect all three points from its encounter with Paderborn on Saturday. Marco Rose’s charges have not always been convincing in the last few weeks, but Paderborn is comfortably the worst team in the division and is already guaranteed to finish bottom.
Gladbach will then host Hertha on the final day when Leverkusen will welcome Mainz to the BayArena. Both teams will fancy their chances of winning their last games of the season, which means the race for the remaining Champions League spot could be decided at the Olympiastadion on Saturday.
Nothing less than a win will do for Bayer, which remains in the ascendancy in the battle for fourth place despite failing to win three of its last five games. The 3-1 defeat of Koln in midweek was timely, and Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Schalke was crucial too – even if it seemed like a disappointing result at the time.
Hertha Berlin Will Be Glad to See Back of a Topsy-Turvy Season
Hertha Berlin clearly does not know the meaning of the word ‘consistency’. The team’s form has oscillated wildly ever since the start of 2019/20, a campaign which has seen it employ four different managers.
Ante Covic was dismissed at the end of November amid a five-game losing streak, which came almost immediately after a three-match winning run. Jurgen Klinsmann started his tenure brightly but soon lost control and was sacked in February, making way for Alexander Nouri on an interim basis.
Bruno Labbadia has now been at the helm for two and a half months, during which time Hertha first pulled clear of relegation trouble and then dropped out of the Europa League race. The club’s exhausted supporters will no doubt be keen to start afresh next season.
Leverkusen’s Attack Should Fire It to Victory in the German Capital
If the Champions League places were determined by defense, Leverkusen would miss out. Not only has Peter Bosz’s side conceded more goals than Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, its backline has also been breached more often than Gladbach’s and Wolfsburg’s have.
Yet Leverkusen’s attack looks set to fire it to a fourth-place finish. Gladbach has actually scored more than one goal than Bayer overall, but it is a different story since the start of 2020: the former has notched 28 times this year compared to Leverkusen’s 37.
So while Hertha will be buoyed by the fact that Bosz’s side has kept just one clean sheet in its last seven outings, it will find it difficult to contain an attacking unit that has not been shut out since the middle of December. Leverkusen has now scored in 16 games on the bounce and it is that sort of firepower that should give it the edge in the German capital this weekend.
Back Bayer Leverkusen to win with goals for both teams – a clean sheet could be beyond it but the visitor is likely to emerge triumphant.