Borussia Dortmund hosts Hertha Berlin in matchday 30 of the German Bundesliga on June 6, 2020. The match will air live on FS2, TUDN, and Unimas at 12:00 pm EST.
Dortmund’s valiant run for the Bundesliga title is slowly losing ground with Bayern Munich threatening to run away with an 8th consecutive title. However, they will still be aiming to end the season strong as they welcome a Hertha Berlin team that has been playing excellent football since Bruno Labbadia took over as head coach. Berlin has not lost in their last four matches since the restart of the season and they now find themselves in contention for the Europa League.
Borussia Dortmund faced bottom team Paderborn away from home in their last assignment and they did exactly what was expected of them. Dortmund broke away from a scoreless first stanza and scored a total of six goals in the second half to win the match 6-1 behind three goals from Jadon Sancho.
Dortmund played without striker Erling Haaland who suffered a minor injury against Bayern Munich last Tuesday. Sancho was given his first start by Lucien Favre since the Bundesliga season returned from action. The team controlled 67% of possession time and had a huge advantage in shots on goal at 11 to just 1 for Paderborn while also earning a total of 8 corner kicks.
They rank 2nd in the Bundesliga in goal scoring with a total of 80 goals scored this season. Sancho leads the team with a total of 17 goals while Marco Reus and Haaland have 11 and 10 goals, respectively. Jadon also leads the team with 16 assists on the year and Thorgan Hazard has 13 assists while also scoring seven goals this term.
Despite the victory, Dortmund is still seven points behind defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the table with 60 points from 18 wins, 6 draws, and five losses. They are closer to dropping to the Europa League than catching up with Bayern as third-place RB Leipzig is just two points back while Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen just four points behind them
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Hertha Berlin faced relegation candidate Augsburg in their assignment last weekend and they ended up taking all three points after a 2-0 win. Javairo Delrosum found the back of the net in the 23rd minute to put Hertha Berlin on board. Then Krzysztof Piatek scored the in the 93rd minute to put the finishing touches to Hertha Berlin’s third win since the restart of the season. In four matches since May 16th, the team has not lost a match and the only spot on their mark was a draw against RB Leipzig.
Hertha has picked up 10 out of 12 possible points in their last four assignments and Bruno Labbadia is still unbeaten as their new head coach. The team controlled 51% of possession time and had a total of 11 attempts including 5 shots on goal. Hertha Berlin was also awarded a total of 7 corner kicks against Augsburg and committed a total of 19 fouls in the match.
They rank 8th in the Bundesliga in scoring with a total of 43 goals scored on the season. Dodi Lukebakio leads the team with a total of six goals scored this season. Meanwhile, Vedad Ibesivic has scored five goals while Marco Grujic has found the back of the net four times this term. Lukebakio and Marvin Plattenhardt each have five assists to pace Hertha Berlin this season.
Hertha Berlin has been one of the best teams since the Bundesliga returned from the coronavirus break as they have picked up three wins without a loss in four matches since May 16th. They now have a total of 38 points on the season from 10 wins, 8 draws, and 11 losses. Hertha finds themselves in contention for a Europa League spot as they are just four points off sixth place Wolfsburg.
These teams have played in a total of 27 times since 2006 and Borussia Dortmund holds the head to head advantage at 13 wins, 8 draws, and 6 losses during that period. Dortmund also won their reverse fixture 2-1 in November 2019. The last time that Hertha Berlin defeated Borussia Dortmund was in March 2017.
Dortmund has the second-best home record in the Bundesliga at 10-3-1 while earning a total of 33 points from those matches.
On the other hand, Hertha Berlin is ranked 8th in Germany when it comes to away record with six wins, five draws, and three losses when playing on the road. Hertha has earned a total of 23 points while playing away from home this season.
Borussia Dortmund’s only home loss this season came against Bayern Munich and it’s hard to look past their brilliance when playing at home. Dortmund has scored a total of 12 goals in four games since the resumption of action but they also conceded against Paderborn which showed that they can still be broken.
Hertha Berlin has been in good form under Bruno Labbadia and I expect them to put up a better fight than Paderborn did. Not only have they won three of their four matches under their new mentor but they have kept a clean slate during those matches. I think that this team is going to give Borussia Dortmund a good fight this weekend.
Hertha may not have enough to steal the three points here as the quality is still with Borussia Dortmund. But I expect them to make it hard for Dortmund and they will make the hosts earn for the points here. I am intrigued by Hertha Berlin at +620 but still think that Dortmund is the better overall squad here.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund (-263)
Borussia Dortmund has scored in 18 out of their last 20 matches and they are the second most prolific goal-scoring team in Germany. On the other hand, Hertha has been playing solid football on the road and they have managed to score 8 goals in their last 8 away matches. Dortmund has won by 4+ goals in four out of their last six home matches. They have seen over 3.5 goals in seven out of their last nine games played and over 3.5 goals in two out of their last three Bundesliga matches against Hertha Berlin.
Prediction: Over 3.5 goals (-101) at SportsBetting | Both Teams to Score Yes (-163) at Bet365