- Bayer Leverkusen are closing in on fourth and final Champions League spot, with a one-point edge on fifth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach with two games to play
- Hertha Berlin’s season is effectively over, the capital club sitting safely ensconced in 11th with neither a European spot to fight for nor a relegation battle to engage
- See the odds, analysis and best bet for Saturday’s match in Berlin below
The pressure will be firmly on Peter Bosz’s side when it travels to Berlin on Saturday. Two more wins from the team’s two remaining fixtures will put it back into the Champions League for the second straight season, no matter what fifth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach does in its own season-ending games.
Bayer Leverkusen will also be out to avenge the 1-0 home loss they suffered in the first game between the sides back in December.
Read on for our preview of the match and best for this game on Bundesliga Matchday 33.
Hertha Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen Odds
|Hertha Berlin||+1.0 (-125)||+400||O 3.0 (-125)|
|Bayer Leverkusen||-1.0 (+105)||-170||U 3.0 (EVEN)|
Odds taken June 19
The head-to-head clashes over the years have slightly swung in Leverkusen’s favor in recent years, with Bosz’s club having had the upper hand in recent years, leading 9-4 in victories over their last 13 meetings.
But Die Werkself, as Leverkusen are known, are meeting Berlin at almost precisely the right time.
All ? on the table as we head into the final two Bundesliga match days of 2019/20! pic.twitter.com/VDt0vSs94S
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) June 18, 2020
On one hand, they have the benefit of playing a Hertha team that has almost nothing to play for after the midweek 2-1 loss at Freiburg ending any faint hope it had of reaching the Europa League. Berlin has also stumbled in its league form of late, after coming out of the pandemic-induced lockdown firing on all cylinders.
Hertha Berlin vs. Bayer Leverkusen Key Stats
|10-8-14||Bundesliga Record (Won/Drawn/Lost)||18-6-8|
|10.6||Shots per game||14.5|
In addition, Leverkusen has enjoyed playing Hertha over the years, failing to score just once in 17 trips to Berlin since the start of the millennium. And Hertha have been surprisingly generous on that front too, allowing Leverkusen to score almost an average of two goals per game in their history (98 goals in 47 meetings).
Down and Seemingly Out
After winning three of their first four games, picking up a draw in the other match, Berlin were seemingly well on course to make something of this season under Bruno Labbadia, their fifth head coach since last June.
The former Leverkusen manager was hired in the middle of the lockdown, back in April, and had Hertha riding high and poised to make a run at the European spots with the club just four points back of sixth-placed Wolfsburg at the end of May.
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) June 15, 2020
But three straight losses put an end to those dreams. That downturn in fortunes may well be connected with the concussion suffered by Brazilian Matheus Cunha, who has missed all three games and may miss out on Saturday’s game too. The striker had four goals in nine games since moving over from RB Salzburg in January.
With Leverkusen having no end of reasons for wanting to return to the Champions League, from the purely financial to the prospect of improving on their third-place group finish this season, attacking midfielder Kai Havertz could have the biggest reasons of all.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz has been named Bundesliga Player of the Month for May. ?
The 21-year-old has scored five goals in four matches.
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) June 16, 2020
With 12 goals so far this season, the 21-year-old leads Bayer Leverkusen in that department, and some of Europe’s biggest clubs are taking notice, with the likes of Chelsea rumored to be among his suitors. And he’s been particularly electric since the start of 2020, scoring 10 of his goals in that time.
Chelsea face free run at £75m Kai Havertz as Man Utd turn attention elsewhere.Chelsea have offered £75m for Manchester United transfer target and Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz – but the Red Devils will give them a free run as they turn to £44m-rated Ajax man Donny van de Beek pic.twitter.com/6skFJSmoBn
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) June 14, 2020
He also seems to love playing against Hertha Berlin, having registered two of his six career Bundesliga braces against the Old Lady, scoring five goals total in seven games against the capital club.
Pick: O 3.0 (-125)
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