Union Berlin vs Hertha by Sunshine

Union Berlin is coming from a 0:2 defeat away from home Sandhausen last weekend. Defeat wasn't the worst part, but the fact that this was their third consecutive match without scoring a goal, although this time they created several chances.They entered the game much better than previous ones, created chances and held the ball more, but the hosts scored from nowhere two times and the second one completely made Union Berlin's attack not working, leaving them with ball possession only, without creative ideas in last twenty minutes of the game.

For sure poor early start with only one point in first three matches has put the pressure on the team, but even with poor results, some improvements are visible. Season opener against K'lautern draw 3:3 on the road actually wasn't that bad result, as they had a 0:2 lead after 54 minutes of the game and could have done much better. Only home game till now saw them losing to Braunschweig (team that started the season great) from the penalty kick, in an open game where both sides had it's chances. Finally, before going down to Sandhausen, they have won in DFB Pokal first round match over Essen, solid third league team, after extra time goal from Terodde. Good news for hosts in front of the game, as two central defenders Puncec and Schonheim are once again available, while the only missing remain long term injured Kopplin, right back.

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Hertha is also not enjoying start of the season with one win, draw and a loss in first three rounds, plus an elimination from DFB Pokal in the first round - too little for a team that is coming from Bundesliga and has a goal to return as soon as possible. They are coming from a 2:1 win at home over Regensburg, win that means a lot to them, but that came without improvement in their game. It was an lucky win, scoring goals in two minutes space, just before the half-time whistle.

It was an lucky win as said, mostly due to individual effort of the players. However, just like in other matches they played, they relied on the individual effort rather to team play, but also made few errors in defense, which didn't cost them a goal this time. Last day of Summer Transfer period saw Hertha selling offensive player Nikita Rukavytsya, while they brought central defender Peter Pekarik from Wolfsburg. Guests will be without left back Kobiashvili, central defender Cristoph Janker, midfielders Marvin Knoll and Daniel Beichler, just as striker Pierre-Michel Lassoga. Although this list isn't a positive thing for a team, most of these players didn't play from the start of the season and therefore won't represent a major blow for tonight's game.

Both teams are looking into this game as a great chance to improve, making a positive result in a local derby and to continue with the season with less pressure at their backs as winning a local derby always puts some other things aside. Union Berlin might be even a bit of a favorite in front of the match as Hertha simply lacks fluent game play at the start of the season, but even so they are dangerous in attack, while their defense has never been trustful. Both to score should be one of the smartest bets here as neither of this teams won't be satisfied with a draw, while their defense line-ups proved to be easy to break in previous matches.

Bet: Both teams to score @1.61 with Pinnacle Sports

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