Preview - Bayern Munich vs Hertha BSC 23 February 19

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Match Day 23
Bayern Munich  vs. Hertha BSC
Saturday, February 23rd 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich: 
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.27
Average goals against per match: 1.18
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (13)

Hertha BSC:
Last five matches form: W D L W D
Average goals per match: 1.59
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda (10)

Well that didn't take too long did it? Having looked to have something of a mountain to climb if they were to retain their Bundesliga title, Bayern Munich are now right on the heels of leaders Borussia Dortmund and head into Match Day 23 only three points adrift of the league leaders and with momentum firmly on their side. Next up for Bayern it's this home clash with ninth placed Hertha BSC.

Hertha perhaps won't be intimidated headed into this game though having beaten Bayern 2-0 at home earlier this season and come away from this fixture with a 0-0 draw last season. The recent cup clash between the sides was also a closely run affair, with Bayern needing extra time to get the job done.

Corentin Tolisso looks like being the sole absentee for Bayern Munich. Hertha aren't anything like so fortunate; Vedad Ibisevic misses out through suspension, whilst Jordan Torunarigha, Javairo Dilorosun, Mathew Leckie, Marvin Plattenhardt, Derrick Luckassen, Peter Pekarik, Julius Kade and Marius Gersbeck are all injured.

Bayern are certainly on the charge at present with nine wins in their past ten in the Bundesliga. Having picked up a solid draw at Liverpool in the Champion's League in midweek, it will likely take some performance from Hertha to derail them here.

Bayern have lost just once at home this season, although they have also been held to a draw on three occasions.

Hertha will be seeking a third away win on the spin here and have scored three times in each of their past two on the road.

The key factor here is that shocking Hertha injury list. At full strength they may have had a say, but as it stands, they seem likely to be blown away in this one.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 4 - 0 Hertha BSC


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  12 - 9
Shots on target: 4 - 2
Corner Kicks: 11 - 3
Possession: 62% - 38%

Joshua Kimmich and James Rodriguez were booked for the home side, with referee Harm Osmers issuing a straight red card to Karim Rekik of Hertha BSC in the 84th minute.

This was far from spectacular from Bayern. They did just about deserve the points though having come out well on top in the stats and restricted Hertha to just two shots on target over the course of the ninety minutes.

Bayern were struggling to really get a grip on the game in the first half as Hertha more than held their own. David Selke actually had the ball in the net early for the visitors only for his effort to be rightly chalked off for offside.

Other than that, most of the half-chances in the opening period were coming from set piece situations. 0-0 at the break.

The pattern of the game continued in largely the same manner after the interval. Bayern having just about the best of it but Hertha going closest to taking the lead when Selke had an effort from inside the area on the right cleared off the line.

The home side then finally did break the deadlock in the 62nd minute. A James Rodriguez corner from the right-hand side not dealt with by keeper or defence and Javi Martinez rising highest to head home into the left hand side from the edge of the six-yard box.

And that was that. 1-0 final score.

Bayern did what they needed to do to keep up the heat on league leaders Borussia Dortmund. They stay second and three points behind the league leaders. Hertha drop down to tenth and are now five points off the Europa League positions.

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