Bayern Munich will be expecting to lift their first silverware of the season, but can Berlin throw a spanner in the works?
Bayern Munich, now 7/4 with Coral to lift the Champions League after their majestic midweek mauling of Porto, can claim their first crown of the season against Hertha Berlin.
The Bundesliga title has been all but sewn-up for some time, but the magnificently in-form Munich men can make it official at the Allianz Arena with six games to go, when they welcome mid-table minnows Berlin.
Olympic Stadium side Hertha have not managed to collect a single point from their past seven battles with Bayern, so Bet Victor’s best market price of 25/1 for the Berlin boys to triumph and spoil the party are certainly a long shot, with the same bookies’ offer of 7/1 for a draw seemingly more realistic .
Pep Guardiola’s guys have hit seven past Hertha in their last three duels, so are a terrific shout with Bet365 at 11/4 to thrill fans and win by four or more.
Mario Gotze, who grabbed the winning goal for Germany at the World Cup, could take centre stage yet again, and is a superb 7/2 to strike last with SkyBet.
Guileful Gotze already has a tremendous trophy haul for a 22-year-old, and could add to his medal collection against Werner Gegenbauer’s boys.
The former Borussia Dortmund dangerman has been decisive against Berlin before, claiming two goals and an assist in his past three appearances against them, and is also available with Bet365 at 13/10 in the anytime market.
Fellow forward threats Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski, who were instrumental in Bayern’s mischievous midweek rout, are the Munich men’s top two scorers, so are excellent respective prices at 3/1 to bag the opener and 12/5 to notch up two or more, both with William Hill.
As for the travelling team, Berlin’s hopes of breaching Bayern’s backline may well rest with a familiar face in ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, who has been leading the line in the absence of star striker Julian Schieber.
Crafty Kalou has six for the season so far, and is a nifty 11/2 in the anytime market, or 16/1 to sink the opener, while Swiss playmaker Valentin Stocker is the same price to poach last, all with SkyBet.