Bundesliga Picks, Odds and Best Bets for Friday May 22
May 21, 2020
By Joe Williams
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There is tremendous excitement after a successful return to action last weekend in the Bundesliga, Germany's top-flight soccer league, after a two-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Matchday 26 kicked off seamlessly and all 18 teams were in action.
The nine games were played in front of no fans and a lack of homefield advantage was evident as only one home team was able to capture three points on its own turf.
That decision was expected as Borussia Dortmund blanked Schalke 04 by a 4-0 score as a heavy home favorite from Signal-Iduna Park.
For bettors keeping track, road teams went 5-1 overall to go with three draws while total players saw the ‘over’ go 5-3-1 perhaps 6-3 depending on your legal US Sportsbook of choice.
Matchday 27 begins on Friday and with just the second-ever Berlin derby in the German capital and we're attacking the books with our top Bundesliga Picks for the lone matchup.
Bundesliga - Matchday 27
Friday's Best Bets
Hertha Berlin vs. FC Union Berlin
Date: Friday, May 22
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, DraftKings Stream
Bundesliga Betting Odds
Hertha Berlin (+135)
FC Union Berlin (+210)
Hertha Berlin returned from the hiatus with a 3-0 whitewashing against Hoffenheim on the road. Manager Bruno Labbadia pushed all of the right buttons, getting Hertha off on the right foot. The only thing that didn't go right was Hertha was singled out for their goal celebrations, which didn't adhere to the social distancing rules. They couldn't help but forget, as they were scoring early and often.
For Union, they were dropped 2-0 by table leader Bayern Munich in their return to action, but truth be told, it wasn't that shabby of a showing. Of course, that was on their home pitch. Now they hit the road (albeit just across town) to meet Hertha. Union has posted just three wins away from home, and they have posted just one shutout or clean sheet in their 13 road matches in 2019-20. So they will have their work cut out for them against the team just ahead of them in the Bundesliga table.
Hertha BSC sits at 8-11-7 with a minus-13 goal differential across 26 matches, good for 11th. FC Union Berlin is 9-14-3 with a minus-11 goal differential across 26 matches this season, so the difference in results for each club so far has been rather negligible.
Bundesliga - Friday's Money-Line Pick
Hertha BSC (+135)
For my top Bundesliga pick on Friday, Hertha is a solid money-line wager on their home pitch, especially after they annihilated TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on the road.
Bundesliga - Friday's Over-Under Pick
Over 2.5 goals (-114)
Taking the over is looks very solid for bettors making Bundesliga picks on Friday. Hertha certainly had their goal-scoring boots on in their return to action, showing they have the offensive firepower to take care of the over all by their lonesome. Over 2.5 goals has been hit in six consecutive Bundesliga matches for Hertha, albeit five of those were before the long layoff.
Over 2.5 goals has also hit in five of the past six road matches for Union, so there is a trend here that points to many goals in the backs of the respective nets. Hertha has also scored at least two goals in each of their past three matches, while conceding at least two goals in each of the past three matches at home. Union has also allowed two goals in three straight matches, too.
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