Soccer Picks: Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha Berlin

Tom Love has an in-depth preview for Saturday's clash in the Bundesliga.
Tom Love
Fri, June 5, 11:17 AM EDT

Best Bet: 1u - Over 3.5 Goals @ +102

Saturday's clash comes at Signal Iduna Park as Dortmund welcome an in-form Hertha Berlin. Dortmund have done little wrong since the Hinrunde with 10 wins out of 12 but the fact of the matter is Bayern Munich have picked up 43 points from the last 45 available and beat Dortmund narrowly last week meaning BVB now trail Bayern by seven points and any chance of a title is becoming increasingly tough.

Lucian Favre also has a fairly hefty injury list to deal with at the moment. First choice centre halves Mats Hummels and Dan Axel Zagadou are both out as well as Marco Reus and Mo Dahoud, what’s more there’s still doubts around the fitness of star striker Erling Haaland. Manuel Akanji will likely be the only true centre back who is available, he could be supplemented by Lukas Piszcek and Emre Can should they continue with a back three.

Hertha may be buoyed by the defensive injuries for Dortmund but coach Bruno Labaddia has selection issues of his own. Star man Matheus Cunha has been a revelation since he came in from Leipzig but he has been ruled out for this clash due to concussion. The capital club are also without Marius Wolf, Marvin Plattenhardt, Luca Netz and keeper Thomas Kraft for the trip west.

Javairo Dilrosun and Krzysztof Piatek have made an impact off the bench and the lively Dilrosun is likely to take the place of Cunha ad Labaddia adopts a counter attack approach with him and Dodi Lukebakio providing the pace and ball carrying ability out wide to support the evergreen Vedad Ibisevic up front. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Hertha hit the net here given their excellent form.

That brings me onto the betting and the +102 available on over 3.5 goals does make appeal over . Even without Haaland we once again saw how destructive Dortmund can be going forward with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard interchanging, making it hard for defenders to pick them up. Wing backs Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi love to get forward and provide the width in attacks too, Hertha could have their hands full in that regard. BVB also average over 3 team goals per game when on home turf so it’s difficult to see the hosts not getting a couple of goals at least.

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