• With Bruno Labbadia hired late last season we saw Hertha look like a team for the first time. From his 9 games in charge, they won 4, drew 1, and lost 4. (Two of the loses, came against elite opposition)
  • Hertha will have Lyon’s DM Lucas Tousart who completed his move to the club this summer. He should be an upgrade on Skjelbred who has returned to the Eliteserien with Rosenborg
  • Hertha also upgraded at GK with Alexander Schwolow signed from Freiburg. With just 1.38 goals conceded per 90 last season he ranked 6th for goals against per 90. No keeper outside the Top 6 was better than him.
  • Hertha have a nice mix of attacking talent too with Piatek, Cunha, Cordoba, and Lukebakio. Previous seasons have seen them lean heavily on Ibišević (36) and Salomon Kalou (35) so we should be more optimistic about their attacking numbers this season. They also signed 18 year old Lazar Samardzic who is one of the most promising talents in the league.
  • The same cannot be said for Die Werderaner, they did secure Tahith Chong on loan from Man utd but they haven’t improved their squad which is understandable given the financial impact of C19 on the smaller Bundesliga teams
  • With Milot Rashica still out injured Werder Bremen are expected to line up with Sargent, Selke, and Chong in attack. Last season Sargent and Selke combined for a grand total of 4 goals
  • Bremen were worse at home last season than they were away from home with just 0.88 goals scored per 90 and 2.12 conceded.
  • In terms of goals they ranked 5th worst last season with 42 goals, had they not been awarded a league-high 6 penalties this rank could have been even worse
  • Looking at just non-penalty chances they ranked 2nd worst in the league last season. Only Düsseldorf were worse at creating chances from open play
  • These two did draw twice last season but in truth, Hertha were a complete mess before Labaddia arrived (Remember Covic, Klinsmann, and Nouri), I wouldn’t put any weight into those results.
  • Looking at Bremen’s last 10 matches against Top half teams we can see they lost 7 of their last 10 with 0.4 goals scored and 2.00 goals conceded per game

Final word: Hertha have benefitted massively from Lars Windhorst’s investment in the club and with a huge squad this season and not European distractions they should be contenders for a Top 6 finish

Hertha Berlin +0 Asian Handicap (Draw no Bet) at 1.97 with Pinnacle - 2 units