Champions Bayern Munich open up the new Bundesliga season on Friday night, as they welcome Hertha Berlin to the Allianz Arena, with the game kicking off at 8:30pm local time. Hertha Berlin have been a bit of a bogey club to Bayern Munich in recent seasons, and will hope to catch the champions off-guard again this upcoming weekend.
Home Team: Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich won the title last year for the 7th consecutive time, creating new record-breaking history. Of all those seven championships, this was undoubtedly the toughest one, as Borussia Dortmund pushed them to the final match day. Bayern Munich did give Dortmund a head-start last season, and manager Niko Kovac will know that his team cannot risk another slow start this campaign. Over the summer, Bayern Munich sold German international Mats Hummels to rivals Dortmund, but have bolstered their defence by signing World Cup winning duo Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard from Atletico Madrid and Stuttgart respectively. Some have criticized their summer business though, as they have failed to strengthen their attacking and midfield areas. They’ll be hoping the likes of Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry can build on their decent seasons last year, and support the indispensable Robert Lewandowski up front.[geot exclude_country="US" ][/geot]
Away Team: Hertha Berlin
Hertha Berlin had a mediocre season last year, as they ended up finishing in 11th position, and a fair distance away from qualifying for European football. At the end of September, they were near the top of the table following a win against Bayern Munich at home, but despite the strong start, their season started to tail off from there, and get a lot worse in the New Year. One of their key players from last year, Valentino Lazaro, has been sold in the summer to Italian giants Inter Milan, but they have replaced him with the signing of Dodi Lukebakio, who at 21 years of age, has fantastic potential. Hertha Berlin opened up their 2018/2019 season with a 5-1 win cup win at minnows Eichstatt. Veteran Bosnian striker Vedad Ibišević scored a brace in the victory. Can Hertha Berlin spoil Bayern Munich’s start to their season?
Head to Head
Bayern Munich finally ended a run of four consecutive matches without beating Hertha Berlin this February, by beating them twice in the space of a few weeks. First of all, Bayern Munich had won 3-2 away from home in the German Cup, before then winning 1-0 at home in the league. Prior to that, Hertha Berlin had won their first meeting of the season winning 2-0, and the three games before that ended in stalemate. However, dating from 2009 to 2016, Bayern Munich did register a 11 consecutive game winning streak against the team from the capital.
My Predictions and Betting Tips
Bayern Munich are overwhelming favourites to win at 1/5, with Hertha Berlin at 11/2 to earn a draw, or 14/1 to get a shock victory. Despite the first games of the season being tricky to call, I have no doubt that Bayern Munich will win their opening game in front of the cameras on Friday, and should do it relatively comfortably, too.
My score line prediction will be a 3-0 home win, priced at 6/1. For a goal scorer triple, you can back Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman ALL to score at 12/1. If you prefer a safer bet, then backing Lewandowski to score a brace at 6/1 seems your best shot. Backing Bayern Munich to win by a 3-goal margin or more (11/8), winning to nil (10/11) or to win both halves at 6/5 are all ways to boost your earnings on an expected victory.
Finally, for the tipsters, the real money can be won by backing Hertha Berlin in some capacity, so consider backing them to take a 1-0 lead at half time at 11/1, or even backing them to get a 2-2 draw at the final whistle at 20/1.[geot exclude_country="US" ][/geot]