Preview - Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin 24 Feb

Started by aaguerra90, Feb 23, 2018, 05:09 AM

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aaguerra90

Match Day 24
Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
22:30 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 0.7
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (20)
   
Hertha Berlin: 
Last five matches: L W D D D
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Salomon Kalou (9)

Bayern Munich are on a roll in 2018; they have seven consecutive wins in all competitions--5 in the Bundesliga, 1 in the DFB Pokal, and, most recently, their 5-0 thrashing of Besiktas in the Champions League. Not only are the Bavarians winning, but they are blowing their opponents out of the water. Five of those seven victories have come by three or more goals.

Hertha Berlin are in a bit of a funk. They have been terribly inconsistent over the past few weeks. They impressively took points from top sides such as Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund but then let struggling teams like Werder Bremen and Mainz 05 get the best of them.

Both teams will be looking at "the glass half full" regarding their injured players. Bayern Munich will be without James Rodriguez, who was substituted off before half time in the Champions League after taking a hard hit ball to the head, but welcome back Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara from a long injury layoff. Hertha Berlin won't be able to count on forward Vedad Ibisevic because of a broken nose, but they still have plenty of talent up top with David Selke and Salomon Kalou.

Hertha Berlin has held Bayern Munich to a draw the previous two times the sides have met. Will this be third time lucky for the Bavarians?

Prediction: Bayern Munich 2-1 Hertha Berlin

aaguerra90

Half Time: 0:0
Full Time: 0:0
Shots: 16:5
Shots on target: 8:3
Corner Kicks: 9:2
Possession: 72:28

Bayern Munich's run of 15 straight wins came to an end today with a goalless draw at home with Hertha Berlin.

The Bavarian giants failed to get past a formidable defensive wall formed by the Berliners. Norwegian goalkeeper Rune Jarstein was in fantastic form today. This is the first match that Bayern didn't win since way back in November.

The draw is insignificant to Bayern Munich though. This league title was settled a long time ago. Bayern are 20 points ahead of second placed Borussia Dortmund. Even if Dortmund reduce the lead to 17 after this weekend, it is very difficult to not picture Bayern Munich being crowned champions at the end of the season.

Jupp Heynckes fielded all of his attacking stars--Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller all started. Hertha Berlin, who has only won one game in 2018, was not intimidated by these big names and managed to hold the Bavarians to a stalemate.

If he scored today, Lewandowski would have set a club record by scoring in 12 consecutive home games, but he was denied by Jarstein on several occasions.

Ribery squandered Bayern's best opportunity of the first half. Lewandowski passed the ball to Robben who then put Ribery through in the box but the Frenchman's shot sailed high.

At the start of the second half, David Alaba took a freekick that Jarstein did well to save.

The Hertha goalkeeper was called into action again as he deflected a Lewandowski shot wide of the goal. Bayern was getting forward but couldn't capitalize on their opportunities.

Heynckes sent in Kingsley Coman, Sandro Wagner and Arturo Vidal to try to shake things up but Hertha Berlin held on and took a point back to the German capital. 


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