Raphael Honigstein's Bundesliga Betting: Lucien Favre's Hertha Return Set To Be A Tight Affair


Sunday

1. FSV Mainz 05 - Hamburger SV

Hamburg ended a run of nine games without a win last time out with victory over Augsburg. Not only that, Ivica Olic and Pierre-Michel Lasogga both ended their considerable goal droughts too.

Mainz are next up and they certainly don’t have the same urgent need for the points as Hamburg. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop Martin Schmidt’s side from beating Schalke last Friday. Hamburg will have Lewis Holtby back from suspension to face his former club but as one of the division’s in-form sides, Mainz should still win this at 1.80.

 

Hertha BSC - Borussia Mönchengladbach

The third coaching return of the weekend sees Lucien Favre go back to Hertha with Gladbach. For the second time in his four years with them, Gladbach are assured of a top four finish but the key for his side now is to secure one of the group stage places on offer by ending up in the top three.

Hertha are not the opponents Gladbach would want on Sunday though. They showed the progress they’ve made under Pal Dardai by running Bayern close last weekend as their seven game unbeaten run came to an end. With Gladbach not free scoring on the road, it should make for a close match on Sunday with under 2.5 goals at 1.71.