Soccer Picks for Hertha Berlin vs. Bayern Munich

Nila Amerova

Monday, March 24, 2014 5:32 PM GMT

It’s only March. Yet, Bayern Munich are in the enviable position to clinch the Bundesliga title sooner rather than later. Will they accomplish the feat against Hertha when Bundesliga betting goes midweek on us? Here’s a primer on this clash complete with soccer free picks for your consideration.
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Bayern Munich to clinch title
It’s only March. Yet, Bayern Munich to clinch the Bundesliga title is as likely as the sun is to rise in the morning. Heck, sportsbooks closed the book on the Bundesliga title ages ago. Symbolically handing the title to the German giants as far as soccer-betting futures go.

Bayern Munich could have officially clinched the title at the weekend, on the back of a 2-0 victory over Mainz 05 in week 26 Bundesliga betting. Alas, title celebrations were delayed when all the results that were necessary in order to deliver the title into their eager hands didn’t go their way. Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 –adopting the role of party poopers – won their respective matches at the weekend, thereby delaying Bayern Munich’s victory lap for at least a few days. Mainz 05 deserve a mention as well as they were almost singlehandedly responsible for putting the celebrations on ice.

It was a stoic effort by Mainz 05. For 80 minutes they held their ground against the German giants and conjured a slew of chances to take the lead. Tale told however Bayern broke the deadlock in the 82 minute when Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring, and four minutes later Mario Gotze, Dortmund deserter, scored the second for the soon-to-be champions. 

As week 27 Bundesliga betting fast approaches, Bayern Munich enter their clash as the prohibitive favourites at -500 soccer odds at Bet365. And by all accounts all eyes will be on this clash as Bayern Munich attempt the remarkable feat of clinching the title as early as March, an almost unheard of accomplishment in competitive top-flight European leagues.  

 

Can Hertha delay celebrations?
If sports betting markets were any indication, the resounding answer is No. Hertha BSC host Bayern Munich as the whopping +1200 underdogs and even the draw is tipped out of reach at +550.

Hertha BSC, Bundesliga 2 champions last season, began their top-flight sojourn rather well, belying their second-tier origins to the surprise of many soccer bettors. For a while, Hertha BSC were even entertaining European dreams, well inside the competition for the coveted top spots as they were. Those have faded however in recent months, as the team from the nation’s capital is sliding perceptibly down the table and away from a Top 4 finish.

Currently sat in ninth place on the back of a 10-6-10 mark and 36 points, Hertha BSC are after back-to-back 3-0 routings by Hannover 96 and Borussia M’gladbach, and they boast just two wins in their last nine games.

The most concerning aspect right now is their poor home form in the second half of the season, which is conspicuously without a victory – 0-1-3 and highlighted by defeats to teams below them in the table, including relegation threatened Freiburg and Nurnberg. Overall, they are a modest 5-2-6 at home to date this season.

Naturally, this doesn’t make for good reading ahead of a clash against the mighty Bayern Munich. Hertha BSC are desperate to return to form. Heck, they need to if they hope to realise their European dreams, a long shot though they are at +8000 to finish in the Top 4 at Bet365. But the idea that they would take a step in the right direction at the expense of Bayern Munich is entirely unlikely, a bet few would entertain with any conviction.

 

Bring out the Bubbly!
Bayern Munich can officially clinch the Bundesliga title at the expense of Hertha BSC in week 27 Bundesliga betting. A real “wow” occasion to marvel at that can be matched at -500 soccer odds to win outright. Of course, there is always “value” in a sure thing as a Bayern Munich win but at -500 soccer odds the return isn’t going to bring much cheer to backers. So, in an effort to make this a profitable enterprise, here are some choice soccer picks as promised.

Bayern Munich are 11-2-0 on the road this season and they boast a 7-5-1 away record in half-time markets which suggests that either Bayern to win both halves at -163 or even the draw-Bayern Munich double result at +260 is a good soccer pick. If we were to play with house money, we would back the former as Hertha’s form of late is so off colour that Bayern should bring them to their knees quickly. William Hill offers a double chance market, one of which includes a bet on Hertha Berlin or the Draw result at +125 – a tidy soccer pick should it come through.

On the totals, the Over 2.5 is trading at -200 while the Under can be matched at +150. Bayern Munich were uncharacteristically gun shy against Mainz 05 scoring just two goals and against Bayer Leverkusen in the previous lap they also scored just two goals but conceded one.  That said with Bayern Munich now coming to full strength again they should be back to firing at all cylinders.  So take the Over 2.5 at -200 or, better yet, take the over 3.5 at +125 at William Hill.

Soccer Free Picks: Bayern to win outright -500; Bayern to win both halves at -163 and Over 3.5 at +125.