The second week of Bundesliga action post-return presents what looks set to be a unique Berlin derby.
Union Berlin are experiencing their first season in the Bundesliga and are doing well for themselves. Currently, they are 12th in the table and a comfortable seven points clear of Fortuna Dusseldorf in the relegation play-off spot.
Union’s quest for a second successive Bundesliga campaign next takes them across Germany‘s capital to the Olympiastadion, where local rivals Hertha Berlin await Friday night’s game.
Hertha are just one point ahead of Union in the standings and will look back on the 2019/20 campaign as one to forget unless they can drag themselves up the table in the remaining eight games; although the eight-point gap between them and sixth-placed Wolfsburg looks too much to bridge.
So, for now, Hertha will need to focus on at least making sure they are Berlin’s best club in the Bundesliga. But when these sides met last, in November, Sebastian Polter won the game and the bragging rights for Union with an 87th-minute penalty.
Where to watch Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: Fox Sports 2
Where to live stream the game:
- UK: Bet365* are streaming this match live for account holders. Those without a Bet365 account already who are interested in streaming Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below.
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- US: Readers based in the States can try Fubo, who are currently running a free trial offer.
Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin line-ups:
- Hertha Berlin: Jarstein; Pekarik, Boyata, Torunarigha, Plattenhardt; Lukebakio, Grujic, Skjelbred, Darida; Cunha; Ibisevic
1️⃣ hour until the Battle for Berlin gets going ⚔️
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) May 22, 2020
Midfielder Vladimir Darida replaces Max Mittelstadt for the hosts. Fans were frustrated not to see Krzysztof Piatek start (see replies to the tweet above).
- Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Friedrich, Hubner, Parensen; Trimmel, Reichel, Promel, Andrich, Bulter, Ingvartsen, Andersson
— 1. FC Union Berlin (@fcunion_en) May 22, 2020
On-loan Union defender Keven Schlotterbeck is suspended so Marvin Friedrich, himself coming back from a ban, replaces him. It seems Neven Subotic has been dropped after giving away a penalty in last weekend’s defeat to Bayern. Midfielder Ken Reichel and forward Sebastian Andersson also come in.
Scoreline prediction: Hertha Berlin 1-1 Union Berlin
Bundesliga 2019/20 table and recent form:
- Hertha Berlin: WDDLW
- Union Berlin: LLDWL
1. Bayern Munich (58)
2. Borussia Dortmund (54)
3. Gladbach (52)
4. RB Leipzig (51)
The defending champions increase their lead at the top of the table to four points. pic.twitter.com/AE5dZRxl82
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) May 17, 2020