Bayern Munich will bid to tighten its grip on the top spot in the Bundesliga when it heads on the road to face Hertha Berlin on Sunday. It should make short work of a technically limited Hertha team. Keep reading to get a full expert betting preview and cash out!
Hertha Berlin FC vs. Bayern Munich FC
Sunday, January 23 – 11:30 AM EST at Olympiastadion
Bayern is currently top of the Bundesliga table and it remains on course to win the title for a 10th consecutive season. However, it is just six points clear of Borussia Dortmund, so it needs to keep winning.
The Bavarians suffered a 2-1 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach on January 7, but they were missing a load of key players due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Several first-team stars returned for the trip to Cologne last weekend, which saw Bayern ease to a 4-0 win. Robert Lewandowski banged in a hat-trick – taking his tally to 23 goals in 19 Bundesliga games this season – and Corentin Tolisso was also on target.
Bayern now has seven wins, one draw, and just one defeat from nine away games so far this season. It has scored 31 goals and conceded 10 on the road.
Bayern Dominates Head-to-Head Records
It finished 5-0 to Bayern when these teams met at the Allianz Arena near the start of the season. Lewandowski also scored a hat-trick that day, while Thomas Müller and Jamal Musiala completed the rout.
That was Bayern’s fourth straight win against Hertha, and it scored 14 goals in those four matches, so it seems to enjoy facing this team.
That set the tone for a poor season thus far for Hertha. It is currently 13th out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga table. It has six wins, four draws, and nine defeats. Hertha has the second-worst defensive record in the league, while Bayern has the best-attacking record – with 61 goals in just 19 games – which could be a recipe for disaster for this Hertha team.
Tayfun Korkut’s men have a reasonable home record, with four wins, two draws, and three losses in nine games at Olympiastadion, but it is hard to see them keeping Bayern at bay for long in this match.
Hertha does not have many injury problems. Defender Peter Pekarik, has returned to the squad after completing a period of COVID-19 isolation, while fellow defenders Niklas Stark and Jordan Torunarigha should shake off minor injuries.
Striker Stevan Jovetic is on the brink of a return from a calf injury, but he is unlikely to be fit enough to start this game, so understudy Ishak Belfodil could continue to lead the line.
Bayern has now welcomed most players back from the coronavirus outbreak. Dayot Upamecano should be ready to start, but it is currently unclear whether Lucas Hernández and Kingsley Coman will be available, as they still need to return negative tests. Alphonso Davies is out with heart problems.
Bayern could go with Manuel Neuer in goal and a back four of Benjamin Pavard, Upamecano, Niklas Sule, and either Hernandez on the left or Marcel Sabitzer operating as a makeshift left-back. Leon Goretzka is injured, so Tolisso should partner Joshua Kimmich in midfield, with Leroy Sané, Müller, and Serge Gnabry or Musiala supporting Lewandowski in attack. That team should crush Hertha.
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