Hertha Berlin take on the visitors Hamburger in the first leg of Bundesliga relegation playoff. The match will be played on Thursday, May 19th at Olympiastadion (Berlin)
Hertha went into the play-offs in a dramatic way. In the summer instead of high-profile signings, there were quite significant sales of football players. As a result, naturally, the fall in the standings only intensified. They tried to stop it at the expense of coaching reshuffles, but this gave only a temporary effect. Including, it seems, the impulse from the invitation of Magat, by the way, the legend of Hamburg, has ended. «Iron Felix», having moved to Berlin, was able to debut with 3-0 with «Hoffenheim», and April ended with taking 7 points in 3 rounds. But it followed by defeats Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, 1-2. Stuttgart took advantage of this, which managed to take 4 points in the last 2 rounds, and caught up with Hertha on points. Moreover, the victory was brought by Endo’s goal in the 34th round of the Bundesliga, scored already in added minutes. As a result, due to additional indicators, the Swabians climbed to the “saving” 15th place, sending the opponent to the playoffs.
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For few seasons the legendary club was balancing on the verge of relegation, and in the end it did happen. And, most importantly, after that, the team could not even aim to return to the elite division. Being a constant favorite, as a result, the Red Pants not only did not finish in the top two, but even took only 4th place, even without a playoff. There were risks that it would be so now, especially since Tim Walter’s wards got involved in a campaign in the cup, finishing only in the semi-finals. However, the team was able to improve at the finish line. All 5 last rounds ended with victories. This made it possible to take at least 1 step forward in the end: having taken 60 points and outperforming Darmstadt in additional indicators, the Dinosaurs became 3rd. And there is hope that thanks to such a pace, it will be possible to overcome one more opponent, having achieved decisive success.
Hertha played with Hamburger Bundesliga 1 in the 2017/2018 season. There, the «Old Lady» was able to win both meetings. Hertha will not be able to use Yarstein, Lee Dong Jin, Shvolov, Klonter, Nson, and Zelke is questionable. Hamburg lost only Leibold. Bookmakers consider Hertha, which plays at home, to be the favorite of the meeting. But Hamburg looks very convincing now, so it’s worth taking a closer look at the option with a bet on “guests will not lose”