- Hertha Berlin and Union Berlin clash in an intercity matchup beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST.
- The teams are evenly matched, with Hertha given the slight advantage at +125 to Unions +220.
- Oddsmakers set the over-under at 2.5 goals for the Bundesliga match.
BERLIN – Across the sports world, bitter rivalries are a cornerstone of any athletic competition. There is no better reason to form a rivalry than pure geography. The Giants hate the Jets, the White Sox hate the Cubs, and Hertha Berlin hates Union Berlin.
It is just how the world works.
Friday sees this Berlin Derby square off into action for only the second time in history.
The two teams played in the Bundesliga for the first time back in November, ending 1-0 in a close gauntlet of a match won by the newly promoted Union Berlin.
The match made worldwide headlines due to the Union Berlin “ultras” tossing multiple flares onto the pitch at around the 50th minute, causing play to be suspended.
Sadly, today’s soccer game won’t feature the same amount of passion and spectacle as fans are not yet permitted to return to the stands due to the COVID-19 regulations.
Nevertheless this match promises to be a terrific game with the two sides separated by just a single point in the standings.
USA online sportsbooks have the teams penned as relatively even matchups, with Hertha given a slight advantage.
Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin
- Hertha Berlin – ½ (+103), +125 ML
- Union Berlin +1/2 (-123), +220 ML
- Draw +250 ML
While usually, the home field advantage would play a massive factor in the matchups for the Bundesliga, the lack of fans in attendance evens the playing field dramatically.
The over/under for the match might be worth considering though, as the last match saw only one goal scored in the full time.
Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin
- Over 2 ½ -114
- Under 2 ½ -106
The Berlin derby kicks off at 2:30 p.m. EST on FS2.
Jimmy Reinman honed his skills across various mediums including print, radio, and broadcast before bringing his arsenal of knowledge to the team here at USAOnlineSportsbooks in 2020. When he’s not writing, you can find him in a state of focused stress on any College Football Saturday, or maniacally constructing NBA parlays on a cool spring evening.