Matchday 28 midweek’s fixtures sees Bundesliga dark horses looking to build from last weekend’s exploits and bolster their title aspirations when they host Hertha Berlin on Wednesday night.
Inspired by a hat-trick from their talisman Timo Werner, RB Leipzig got back to winning ways with a convincing 5-0 road win over Mainz last weekend to not only get themselves back into third place but also throw a spanner in the title contention matrix. Leipzig are seven points shy of league leaders Bayern Munich but even more importantly are very much in a fight to keep their Champions League slot with Leverkusen and Gladbach in 4th and 5th respectively waiting to pounce on any slip-ups. Meantime at the top, Dortmund face-off with Bayern on Tuesday night and based on the results of that game, there could yet be more drama to finish the season and Leipzig will be in the thick of it.
Leipzig showed exactly what they are capable of against Mainz 05 and are now unbeaten in nine straight games and have won five of those. RB Leipzig are very formidable at home having just lost once in their 12 home games this season. Hertha, though, will not be pushovers and go into this game on the back of a six-match unbeaten streak away from home (four wins and two draws). However, the Berliners are on a four-game losing streak against Leipzig including the 4-2 loss at home in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Julian Nagelsmann is still without Ethan Ampadu who is nursing a back injury, but Dayot Upamecano got a run out last weekend after returning from suspension will be in the starting lineup. With the fixtures coming in fast and thick, Patrik Schick and Angelino are options on the table for Nagelsmann should he opt to rotate the squad and get fresh legs in. Werner, who chasing Lewandowski on the Bundesliga goal-scoring chart, will be looking to continue his resurgence following a lull. The Germany international is having a season for the books. He has scored or assisted on 31 goals this season – 24 goals, seven assists – which is more than any player in the league since the advent of this stat collection back in the 2004-2005 season.
Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia has helped to turn around the capital-based club’s fortunes since taking over at the start of April from Germany football legend Jurgen Klinsmann. They have won back-to-back matches since the resumption of Bundesliga action following the two-month break, seeing off Hoffenheim 3-0 and outclassing neighbours Union Berlin 4-0 in the Berlin derby last weekend. That Berlin derby as expected was tight and nervy at the start but Labbadia’s men turned the heat up and racked up all four goals in the second half of that match.
They are brimming with confidence coming into this fixture which is a good thing for coach Labbadia. One of his biggest assignments has been to rectify their away performances which have left a lot to be desired. They have picked up just 11 points from their 13 games on the road. They have actually lost four of their previous six away encounters, conceding a total 13 goals in losses at Fortuna Dusseldorf, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and, most recently, Freiburg. This could, therefore, be the perfect time for Hertha to try break that terrible run, particularly against Leipzig, against whom they have lost six of their seven Bundesliga encounters, easily making them the Red Bulls’ most profitable clients.
Hertha received a boost with news of Marius Wolf’s recovery from a foot injury while Mathew Leckie is also available for selection. Matheus Cunha joined the Old Lady from Leipzig in January will be itching to get one back against his former employer. Vedad Ibisevic will continue spearheading the attack after goals in back-to-back-games.
RB Leipzig looked back to their best against Mainz at the weekend. They have an outside chance at the Bundesliga title but will need other results to go their way while they keep winning their games for that to happen. With Dortmund and Bayern playing 24 hours earlier, Leipzig will have a chance to capitalise on the outcome of that game, whichever way it goes. They are very formidable at home and with the season coming to the business end, we are confident they will take care of the business at their end and win this fixture. They are massive favourites in this match and are priced @ 1.35 to win on Betway betting app and although not a very good value, we are going with this as our first betting tip here. You can alternatively try a handicap option here with Asian Handicap -1 RB Leipzig Win priced at 1.50 with the same bookie. Hertha have come out of the gates blazing after appointing Bruno Labbadia as the new coach. His charges have scored seven unanswered goals in their last two matches. The reverse fixture ended 4-2 in favour of Leipzig back in November, though in all fairness Hertha Berlin threw that game away, as Leipzig came from behind to win it. We expect they will make it tough here for Leipzig and they should be good enough to get a goal at the very least – even if it will be a consolation goal. We are therefore going for Both Teams to Score @ 1.65 which is good value for our final RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin betting prediction.
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