Preview - Hertha Bsc vs Werder Bremen 17 February 19

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Feb 16, 2019, 08:07 AM Last Edit: Feb 16, 2019, 08:11 AM by Harry85
Match Day 22
Hertha BSC vs. Werder Bremen
Sunday, February 17th 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Olympiastadion

Hertha BSC: 
Last five matches form: L W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.62
Average goals against per match: 1.48
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda (10)

Werder Bremen:
Last five matches form: L W D D W
Average goals per match: 1.71
Average goals against per match: 1.52
Top Scorer: Maximilian Eggestein (5)

One of the more interesting matchups on Match Day 22 in the Bundesliga comes at the Olympiastadion as eighth placed Hertha BSC play host to tenth placed Werder Bremen. With Hertha only two points off the European positions and Werder just one point further back, a win for either side could prove to be a big result to propel them into the remainder of the season.

Werder will be hoping to repeat their performance from the reverse of this fixture as they ran out 3-1 victors at home back in September. The game here last season ended in a 1-1 draw.

Hertha are beginning to suffer on the injury front. Javairo Dilrosun, Mathew Leckie, Derrick Luckassen, Peter PekarÍk, Julius Kade and Marius Gersbeck all miss out here. Fin Bartels and Aron Jóhannsson will be out for Werder Bremen.

Hertha can be a tough side to overcome here having only lost two of ten at home so far. They have won only one of their last seven in front of their own fans though, keeping just the one clean sheet over that period.

Werder Bremen have held their own on the road to date, with four wins and four defeats from their opening ten. They have - to their credit - scored in every away league game so far this season.

A close one to call, but those Hertha injuries in tandem with Werder's attacking prowess on the road may just tilt things in favour of the visitors.

Prediction: Hertha BSC 1 - 2 Werder Bremen


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  11 - 8
Shots on target: 2 - 2
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 39% - 61%

Karim Rekik and Valentino Lazaro were booked for the home side, with referee Soren Storks also taking the names of Sebastian Langkamp, Philipp Bargfrede and Davy Klaassen of Werder Bremen.

A pretty even encounter overall. Werder had more of the ball, but having had more total shots, and struck the woodwork twice, if there was a side unlucky not to have picked up all three points it was probably the home team.

Both of these sides were finding acres of space when attacking on the counter early in the game, but both were being let down by that final cross or shot.

The home side then did manage to get it right in the 25th minute. Salomon Kalou beating the offside trap to burst free down the middle. His ball to the right sent Davie Selke a little wide but he finished well back across goal and in.

Ondrej Duda went close to doubling the home sides advantage in the 37th minute when firing in a fine twenty five yard free kick which he was unlucky to see come back off the crossbar. 1-0 at the break.

Werder were having marginally the better of it in the second half as they sought a way back into the game. It did look as though the home side had hung on though, right the way up until the sixth minute of added on time. Claudio Pizzaro opting to go low with a twenty yard free kick and seeing his effort take a deflection on its way to finding the bottom left corner. 1-1 final score.

No change in the standings for Werder Bremen who stay tenth. Hertha drop down a position into ninth, but still only two points off the European positions.

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