Hertha Berlin v Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga Prediction and Preview
Mid-table games at this time of the year where neither side has much to play for can be hard to predict but against the odds on a win for a much improved Hertha Berlin side against an erratic Eintracht Frankfurt look like good value to me.
Hertha's 1-0 defeat last week against Dortmund was their first loss since the league re-started and while the gulf in class during that match was apparent, they made their opponents work hard for the win. Prior to that Hertha have been dominant against sides around them in the league with convincing wins over Union Berlin, Augsburg and Hoffenheim.
Hertha's home form had been a real problem before the league's suspension with just 3 wins in 13 games but they have bucked the trend across the rest of the Bundesliga by recording 2 wins from 2 to date. For a side like Hertha who had a disappointing season up until that point and found themselves just 3 places above the relegation zone, the break and a lack of disgruntled home fans appears to have done them the world of good.
The arrival of talented young Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha from RB Leipzig during the winter has certainly been one of the factors behind Hertha's revival. He scored in 4 consecutive games either side of the break but has missed the last couple of matches due to a concussion. Hertha are hopeful that he might at least make the bench today and his dribbling and direct running could cause the Frankfurt defence a real problem.
Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt have their own in-form forward in Andre Silva who prior to last week's blank against Mainz had scored 4 times in 5 matches since the league re-started. In general, other than that match against Mainz where Frankfurt were truly awful they have looked an exciting side going forward but with a propensity for conceding sloppy goals.
It's fair to say that last week a Frankfurt side who have little to play for in terms of league position had at least one eye on their mid-week cup clash against Bayern Munich. They lost that match on Wednesday 2-1 but it would be fair to say that a Bayern side that has been cruising past all-comers had to work very hard to make it through to the final.
How that defeat will impact the visitors today both mentally and physically remains to be seen and as per last week's failed prediction of an Eintracht Frankfurt win they remain a difficult team to call. However, odds against a win for a Hertha side that have only collected fewer points in their last 5 matches than the top 2 seems like a good value bet to me.
Prediction: Hertha Berlin to win at odds of 2.10 or better
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