In the second leg of the Bundesliga relegation, Hamburger Sportverein will face Hertha BSC on Monday evening. Kick-off at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion is at 20:30. We have the team reports, the best betting predictions and odds for you.
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What speaks for Hamburg SV?
- Home crowd, sold-out stadium
- Six games won in a row
- Highly motivated and strong team spirit
What speaks for Hertha BSC?
- Individual class of the team
- Keyplayer Ascacibar returns
Our betting tip
Bet: Hamburger SV -1 Asian Handicap
Team news Hamburger SV
HSV won the first leg 1-0, and even though Ludovig Reis’ goal was more of a fluke, it is clear that Hamburg were the dominant team for the entire duration of the match. HSV only allowed the Berliners five shots on goal and won the decisive duels in the neutral zone. At no point in the game did one get the feeling that Hertha could be dangerous to HSV in any way.
And so coach Tim Walter’s team goes into this decisive duel for a starting place in the Bundesliga strengthened and confident after six wins in a row.
All the players who played in Berlin will be available again. HSV will not change much in their way of playing, but could well take a step back, because the one who has to attack is, after all, Hertha BSC and not HSV. However, that is not Hamburg’s style of play, so it is safe to assume that HSV will take the initiative again at home.
Team news Hertha BSC
Thursday’s match against Hamburger SV showed that Hertha BSC in its current form is simply not good enough for the Bundesliga. It was a weak performance from Felix Magath’s team. Only five shots on goal, no fight, no ideas, no game culture, no game structure, no hope. The only bright spot for the Berliners is midfielder Ascacibar, who is available again after his yellow suspension. But the Argentine is a defensive specialist, not a dribbling artist or goal scorer.
You really do not know how Hertha can still avoid relegation in Hamburg. It will probably take some individual actions. Players like Belfodil or Boateng, if he should play at all, have what it takes to score goals through individual class. But the players did not show that in the decisive games of the regular season – so why should it be the case now?
Our betting prediction for Hamburg SV vs. Hertha BSC
Hertha showed a shockingly weak performance in the last match. Not only that, it was obvious to everyone that there seem to be problems within the team. The cohesion within the team is obviously non-existent. You do not get the feeling at Hertha that there are eleven friends on the pitch. And in the end, the Berliners even hid from their own fans. In Hamburg it’s completely different. There, everyone fights for everyone. They have a clearly recognisable system of play that the players stick to. Not everything always works out, but when mistakes are made, someone is immediately there to support the teammate.
Hertha have no other chance than to win this game to prevent their own relegation. Even a draw will not be enough. And should HSV take an early lead, it would be the beginning of the end for Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga. Because there is fear in the players’ bones. They will completely fall apart and HSV will then simply decide the game for themselves. Of course, this is only a hypothesis. It can also go quite differently, the team has individual class and with a bit of luck they could take the lead themselves. But after the performances of the last few weeks, there is no other choice but to bet on another HSV victory. The odds for a win are 2.2, but we go even further and take the Asian Handicap -1, which is offered at a sensational price of 3.3 at several bookmakers like Bet365.
Prediction: Hamburg -1 Asian Handicap @3.30 (Bet365)
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