Hertha got off to the perfect start
The team from the capital played against Europa League participants Augsburg in their first game of the season and walked away with a 1-0 victory thanks to Salomon Kalou. It was a close game decided by a penalty kick shortly after the halftime break which the striker easily converted. In their next game, Hertha will face Werder Bremen at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. This fixture will be a tough test for Pal Dardai’s side just like it was last year and with both sides stronger than they were last season when the “Old Lady” achieved a 2-2 draw in the first game and lost 2-0 in the return game. Hertha made the perfect start to the season winning their opening game but it remains to be seen if Dardai’s men can carry that momentum into their first home game at the Olympic Stadium and top last season’s performances against Bremen. Hertha will be without injured players Schieber, Ben-Hatira and Weiser. Midfielder Roy Beerens has to sit out due to a yellow/red card suspension.
Bremen lost their opening game
While Berlin had quite a good start to the season, the team of coach Viktor Skripnik now have their backs to the wall after they lost 3-0 to Schalke in their own stadium. Bremen have not yet found their rhythm and showed that they have lot of things to improve, especially in their defensive line. In front of a full crowded stadium, Bremen defender Theodor Gebre Selassie scored a world-class own goal to gift Schalke 04 a lead in his team’s Bundesliga opener. After the halftime break, the “Royal Blues” continued their dominance and had to wait twenty minutes to extend their lead to 2-0 thanks to a goal by Choupo-Moting who scored from inside the box. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar finished off the score line with a shot in the bottom left corner after a great counter and pass from Leroy Sané. Bremen struggled to provide a goal-threat without Di Santo (moved to Schalke) and David Selke (RB Leipzig) who left the club. They are replaced by Ujah and Johannsson but the newly-signed strikers need to find their form. Aron Johannsson came on for his debut against Schalke ten minutes into the half and played a solid game. Coach Viktor Skripnik can field a full squad against Berlin as there are no injured players.
Odds and tips
Berlin are slightly favoured to win against Bremen in front of their own fans with odds between 1.97 and 2.13. Bremen will travel to the Olympic Stadium in the German capital as outsiders with odds from 3.30 to 3.95 and a good value of up to 4.7% in the maximum odds. A draw between the two sides will pay out odds from 3.25 to 3.55. Here you´ll find the odds comparison for the match. Our tip: Berlin are in a good from and have strong defensive abilities, whereas Bremen showed a poor performance and were not able to score. For that reason I expect a home victory for Berlin.