• Hertha are averaging 3.0 goals per game under new coach Bruno Labbadia.
  • Die Alte Dame took seven points from a possible nine in their last three matches.
  • Augsburg lost four of their last five away fixtures.
  • Augsburg won just two of their last 12 Bundesliga games overall.

Hertha continue to improve under Labbadia

Hertha Berlin’s positive upswing under new boss Bruno Labbadia continued in mid-week when Die Alte Dame salvaged a useful point at high-flying RB Leipzig.

The club from the capital took the lead at the Red Bull Arena before being pegged back, though they hit a deserved equalizer from the spot late on, courtesy of Krzysztof Piątek’s well taken penalty.

That draw pushed 10th placed Hertha’s unbeaten re-start under Labbadia to three games, and having smashed home seven goals and secured victories in the first two of those contests, the newly energised Berliners will be aiming to get back into the winning groove at home to Augsburg on Saturday.

Augsburg’s missed opportunity

Heiko Herrlich’s side missed a huge opportunity to put some distance between them and the Bundesliga’s bottom three on Wednesday when they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by bottom club Paderborn.

Having watched his side cut loose at Schalke in a surprise 3-0 win just days before, Herrlich would have expected much more from his players against the division’s worst team, though Augsburg failed to perform.

Augsburg’s win in Gelsenkirchen was impressive, though it’s worth noting that they had lost and failed to score in each of the four away matches they contested directly before that, conceding an eye-watering 11 goals in the process.

On Saturday, Die Fuggerstädter travel to take on one of the Bundesliga’s most in-form teams in Hertha Berlin – and though the clubs are separated by just two places in the table, the current distance between them in terms of performances is much bigger.

Hertha worth backing

With Matheus Cunha, Dodi Lukebakio and Vedad Ibisevic playing their best football of the season under Labbadia, Hertha carry considerable attacking threat – and we think the hosts, powered by their new manager bounce, are worth backing to win again this weekend.

Die Alte Dame have displayed a keen cutting edge in the final third while averaging 3.0 goals per game since the campaign’s re-start and with their confidence soaring, they can blitz their way past Augsburg on Saturday to avenge the 0-4 hammering they received from Die Fuggerstädter in November last year .

Our correct score prediction of 3-1 suggests the visitors can notch a consolation however. Hertha conceded twice against RB Leipzig in mid-week, and were lucky to escape Hoffenheim with a clean sheet before that after the hosts racked up 18 shots on goal.

! function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) {
if (f.fbq) return;
n = f.fbq = function() {
n.callMethod ?
n.callMethod.apply(n, arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments)
};
if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n;
n.push = n;
n.loaded = !0;
n.version = ‘2.0’;
n.queue = [];
t = b.createElement(e);
t.async = !0;
t.src = v;
s = b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0];
s.parentNode.insertBefore(t, s)
}(window, document, ‘script’,
‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js’);
fbq(‘init’, ‘308681636645477’);
fbq(‘track’, ‘PageView’);

Leave a Reply