Preview - Hertha Berlin vs Freiburg 21 October 18

Started by Harry85, Oct 20, 2018, 03:57 PM

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Match Day 8
Hertha Berlin vs Freiburg
Sunday, October 21st, 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Olympiastadion Berlin

Hertha Berlin:   
Last five matches form: D W L W D
Average goals per match: 1.71
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda (5)

Last five matches form: D W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.29
Average goals against per match: 1.86
Top Scorer: Jérôme Gondorf (2)

Hertha Berlin are likely pretty content with the start they have made to the season. Sitting in fifth place - above Bayern Munich - they are only three points off top spot and will bid to keep up the momentum with this home game against Freiburg.

The two sides couldn't be split last season with this game ending in a goalless draw and the reverse fixture finishing 1-1.

Both sides have a few injuries to deal with here. Julius Kade, Marko Grujic, Jordan Torunarigha and Marius Gersbeck miss out for the hosts. Amir Abrashi, Caleb Stanko, Florian Niederlechner and Brandon Borello are the Freiburg absentees.

Hertha have been perfect at home so far this season, winning all three games to date, including victories over Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayern Munich. They will likely be pretty confident of picking up the three points here.

Freiburg have been poor travellers overall for some time now, winning just one in their past 13 Bundesliga road games. That win did at least come this season though when coming out on top 3-1 at Wolfsburg.

Hertha simply look the better side overall here, appearing to have the edge both in attack and defence. They've beaten significantly better sides than Freiburg at home already this season and we would expect the home side to come out on top in this one, particularly considering Freiburg have been such poor travellers.

Prediction: Hertha Berlin 2 - 1 Freiburg


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  9 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 8 - 3
Possession: 66% - 34%

Two bookings in Berlin, both for the home side. Marvin Plattenhardt and Ondrej Duda the men to have their names taken by referee Benjamin Cortus.

Hertha dominated the ball in front of their own fans and topped the shot count. They never really threatened to take Freiburg apart though and the visitors worked hard for what was probably just a bout a deserved draw in the end.

It was the home side who got off to a flying start, taking the lead in just the seventh minute. A through ball from Per Ciljan Skjelbred splitting the Freiburg defence to send Ondrej Duda through in the left of the area. Smart finish from Duda cutting back inside onto his right and finishing into the bottom right corner.

Hertha continued to press forward but were unable to build on their advantage and were pegged back in the 36th minute.  A ball into the box from the left being poked clear but only as far as Robin Koch who fired in a powerful strike which made its way into the right hand side of the goal via a slight deflection. 1-1 at the break.

Hertha had the best of it after the interval and very nearly regained the lead in the 62nd minute. Vedad Ibisevic getting on the end of a cross from the left-hand side and glancing a header only fractionally wide. Other than that though there wasn't really much in the way of clear cut opportunities for either side as this one finished all square.

Something of a missed opportunity for Hertha who drop down to sixth. Freiburg are in 11th spot at the end of Match Day 8.

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