Zorya vs Hertha Berlin
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 19 October 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
When Zorya hosted Ostersunds on the opening day of the group stage, they were considered big favorites to win, but I backed the Swedes to get at least a draw, and they actually won that game. I mention this because from all the surprises that took place three weeks ago, in the second matchday of the group stage, Zorya’s win at Athletic Bilbao is the one that I’m still in disbelief over. Huge, absolutely huge win for the Ukrainian side. Even if they fail to get a single point in their remaining matches, they will be remembered for beating no other than Athletic in Bilbao! Keep in mind, this game is held in Lviv, western Ukraine, since Luhansk, Zorya’s real home, has been… off-limits for quite some time now, due to the unrest in eastern Ukraine. Last weekend they beat Stal Kamianske (after drawing 4-4 to Dynamo Kyiv earlier n October!!), and are now sitting 7th in the table in Ukraine’s championship.
Galatasaray lost at Ostersunds in July, not… seeing that coming. PAOK lost at Ostersunds in August, getting eliminated, despite their 3-1 win in Thessaloniki. Hertha? Hertha traveled to Sweden to face Ostersunds having seen and having studied (I’m guessing) the game against Galata and PAOK. They absolutely knew what they were about to face. Still, they lost. Kudos to Ostersunds for their big success, but truth is, Hertha are a very-very different Hertha this season, compared to the previous one, when they impressed in the Bundesliga. They drew 2-2 to Bayern on the first day of October, but that’s their own non-defeat in a month now. Last weekend they lost 2-0 at home to Schalke, and are now sitting just 13th(!) in the table, looking like a shadow of last season’s awesome team.
Previous five matches:
Stal Kamianske vs Zorya 0-1
Zorya vs Dynamo Kiev 4-4
Athletic Bilbao vs Zorya 0-1
Vorskla vs Zorya 1-1
Zorya vs Karpaty 0-0
Hertha vs Schalke 0-2
Hertha vs Bayern Munich 2-2
Ostersunds vs Hertha 1-0
Mainz vs Hertha 1-0
Hertha vs Bayer Leverkusen 2-1
Zorya’s next game is on Sunday, at Mariupol (Ukraine Premier League). Same day, Hertha will be visiting Freiburg (Germany Bundesliga).
Zorya vs Hertha Berlin: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Zorya vs Hertha Berlin: Prediction
Despite Hertha’s way-way below average showings since the start of the season, I expect them to… draw a line, start afresh, and do that in this game, beating Zorya in Lviv.
Zorya vs Hertha Berlin: Betting Tips
If Hertha’s win was paying less than 2.00, I wouldn’t touch it. At 2.10, I feel the – existing – risk is worth it. Again, if Zorya were playing at their real home, I would have major doubts. But in Lviv, the home advantage is not that-that strong.
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