Preview - Wolfsburg vs Hertha Berlin 15 September 18

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Match Day 3
Wolfsburg vs Hertha Berlin
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Volkswagen Arena

Last five matches form: L L W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.06
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.41
Top Scorer 17/18: Yunus Malli (5)

Hertha Berlin:
Last five matches form: D L L W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.26
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.35
Top Scorer 17/18: Salomon Kalou (12)

One of the standout fixtures on the Match Day 3 slate of games in the Bundesliga comes at the Volkswagen Arena as Hertha Berlin travel to take on Wolfsburg.

Each of these sides have won their opening two league games and will be heading into this contest fully confident of making it three from three.

Not only have Hertha won both games so far, they have done so without conceding a goal. They may need every bit of that defensive solidity against this Wolfsburg side who were impressive in putting three past Bayer Leverkusen on the road in their most recent game.

The two sides played out two starkly contrasting draws last season, drawing 0-0 in Hertha and this game resulting in a 3-3 thriller.

Both sides are fairly injury hit for such an early stage of the season. Felix Klaus, Ismail Azzaoui and Josuha Guilavogui missing for Wolfsburg and Marcus Gersbeck, Vladimir Darida, Peter Pekarik and Mathew Leckie all absent for Hertha.

We were concerned that Wiolfsburg may struggle for goals this season, with the two top scorers from last year both having moved on to pastures new. Whilst that hasn't really proven to be the case in their opening two games, we still suspect they may struggle to break Hertha down here. Hertha have impressed us so far and may just take this.

Prediction: Wolfsburg 1 - 2 Hertha Berlin


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  12 - 8
Shots on target: 7 - 5
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 60% - 40%

Three bookings in this one. Referee Christian Dingert taking the names of Ignacio Camacho for the home side and Marko Grujic and Lukas Klunter for the visitors.

A pretty evenly fought encounter between these two sides. Wolfsburg did lead the stats, but that can be expected as they were at home. Hertha Berlin will probably would have been happy enough with a point headed into the game, but will be disappointed to have twice given up the lead, with the second equaliser coming oh so late in the game.

Wolfsburg were the better side in the first half. Ahead on possession and leading the shot count 6-3, they were unable to convert their superiority into a lead. 0-0 at the break.

It can often come back to haunt you when failing to make your advantage pay at this level and so it proved here as Hertha struck first in the 61st minute. Javairo Dilrosun finding the bottom right from the left-hand side of the area.

Headed into the final five minutes it was still 0-1 and looking as though it would finish that way, only for the fireworks to start.

First in the 87th minute the home side looked to have salvaged a point when the referee pointed to the spot. Yunus Malli making no mistake and firing in the equaliser.

Then in the 91st minute Ondrej Duda fooled the Wolfsburg defence and keeper by going low and under the wall with a free kick from around 25 yards. Into the bottom corner it went sparking wild celebrations on the touchline.

Those celebrations were cut short in the 93rd minute when Admir bundled the ball home from close range. 2-2 final score.

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