Hertha Berlin hosts Bochum in round 21 of the German Bundesliga. The match will be played on Friday, February 4th at Olympiastadion (Berlin)
In the last round, Hertha Berlin was defeated by Bayern Munich with a score of 1-4. Thus, the streak without victories lasted up to three matches in a row. In general, Hertha does not win often in the current season: only six victories, four draws, and ten defeats. After 20 matches, the Old Lady has only 22 points. This is enough to be in 13th place in the standings. The gap from the relegation zone is only three points. One of the biggest problems of the metropolitan team is an extremely weak defensive line. In 20 matches, it conceded as many as 42 goals. Only Greuther Furth, which is at the bottom of the standings, conceded more in the current season. Hertha Berlin performs relatively well at the home stadium. It earned 14 points in ten home games: four victories, two draws, and four defeats.
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Bochum gained only one victory in the last five rounds, with three defeats and one draw. Nevertheless, such results were enough to be far outside the relegation zone, namely, in 11th place (24 points scored). Bochum tries to rely on defense. In 20 matches, the team scored 19 goals and conceded 29 times. Twelve games ended with Under 2.5 goals scored. The men of Thomas Reis have big problems with away performance. They earned only six points in ten away matches: two victories and eight defeats with a goal difference of 86-21. By the way, no team in the elite division scored less on foreign pitches.
In the first half of the German championship, Bochum could not oppose anything to Hertha Berlin at home. The Berliners won with a score of 1-3. In nine of the last ten away games in the championship, Bochum players did not score more than one goal against their opponents. Both teams had time to recover from their opening matches of the year. I would like to believe that now they will take the field in better condition and show football of a higher level. Hertha performs relatively well at home. At least, the Old Lady conceded only 16 goals here (in ten games). At the same time, Bochum scored only six goals at foreign stadiums. I think the hosts will have more chances of winning.