VfL Bochum vs. Hertha BSC
After the first international break, the Bundesliga enters Matchday 4 next weekend and for the still point-less Hertha BSC side, they have an away game at VfL Bochum on the agenda. Kick-off is at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion on Sunday at 17:30.
For the visitors from Berlin, this match is about finally picking up the first points of the new season after a disastrous start to the season and zero points from the first three games at the weekend. In view of the thinned-out squad, however, every game from now on could be a real challenge. Whether we still think the Berliners can win and what we think about this game is now revealed in our Bochum vs Hertha betting tip.
Bochum -Hertha info
– Date & Time: 12.09.2021, at 17:30 hrs.
– Venue: Bochum, Vonovia Ruhrstadion (up to 23,500 spectators).
– Competition: Bundesliga, Matchday 4
– TV broadcast: DAZN
Bochum -Hertha Tip
If anyone had said before the season that one of these two teams would still be waiting for their first point before the direct clash on matchday 4, hardly anyone would have thought it possible that it would be the ambitious capital club and not the promoted side from the 2. Liga. But that is exactly the reality now. VfL also have only three points after three games, but have sold themselves dearly by their standards so far. The Old Lady, on the other hand, was swept out of the stadium by Bayern 5:0 after losing to Cologne and Wolfsburg.
Bochum Form & Balance Check
The home side will not be entirely dissatisfied with their performance so far this season. At the start of the season, the promoted team only lost 1-0 to the still unblemished league leaders from Wolfsburg despite being shorthanded for 87 minutes. A week later, the Westphalians won 2-0 against FSV Mainz 05, who had beaten runners-up RB Leipzig 1-0 the week before. On matchday 3, Bochum were beaten 2-1 at 1. FC Köln due to two late goals conceded.
Hertha a welcome guest
Now VfL have the opportunity to start a new Bundesliga season with two home wins for the first time since the 1983/84 season with a victory against Hertha. A better opponent than Hertha could almost not have been brought into the stadium for this mission. Only against Frankfurt (23) and Gladbach (19) did the Bochum side celebrate more victories in the German top flight than against Hertha BSC (17). On average, they score 1.81 goals per game, more than against any other current Bundesliga team. To maintain that average on Sunday, hopes will once again rest on Simon Zoller, who has been directly involved in all three of his team’s goals so far (1 goal, 2 assists).
Bochum facts & analysis
– 3 points from 3 games
– Last lost 2:1 in Cologne
– Average 1,81 goals per game against Hertha – against no current BL team more
– Zoller involved in all goals (1 goal, 2 assists)
Hertha form & balance check
After the disastrous start to the season, the Old Lady from Berlin now has two extremely important games ahead of them. After the away match in Bochum, the home match against the second promoted team, SpVgg Greuther Fürth, is on the agenda next weekend. Should Hertha BSC disappoint in these games as well, the mood in the capital could slowly but surely hit rock bottom. The transfer window was already a bitter disappointment from the fans’ point of view, so the league should not continue with disappointments as well.
Newcomers must take responsibility
It will be exciting to see how Pal Dardai and his new squad perform in the coming weeks. One thing is certain: the team has lost a lot of quality. The offensive newcomers, Maolida, Belfodil and Richter, will certainly not be able to replace Cunha, Cordoba and Lukebakio 1:1. Nevertheless, they have to take responsibility now and get the best out of themselves and the team. Whether that will be enough for an away win in Bochum remains to be seen. Last season, however, Hertha were anything but successful against promoted teams. Back then, only two points out of a possible twelve were earned against the former second-division teams.
Hertha facts & analysis
– 0 points from 3 games
– Last lost 0:5 at FC Bayern
– Last 4 duels with Bochum won – longest winning streak
– Last season only 2 points out of 12 scored against promoted teams
Predicted line-up – last update on 12 September 2021
There should be no unexpected changes at Bochum. Tesche will return to the starting eleven after serving his suspension and replace Pantovic. Otherwise, only Löwen and Antwi-Adjej represent serious alternatives for the starting eleven.
The Berliners could start with the three-man defence of Stark Boyata and Torunarigha. In midfield, Ascacibar and Darida are further options. The striker line-up will be self-sufficient due to the injury worries in the offensive. Belfodil and Richter will form the double top line.
Schwer zu sagen, wie Hertha hier genau agieren wird. Da sind halt auch neue Personalien dabei. Wir sind aber auf diverse Möglichkeiten vorbereitet. Mit Sicherheit steckt bei einigen noch in den Köpfen, dass die ersten Saisonspiele verloren wurden. pic.twitter.com/zmzcKEDKID
— VfL Bochum 1848 (@VfLBochum1848eV) September 10, 2021
Bochum -Hertha direct comparison & Statistics
The direct comparison of these two clubs is completely even, with 19 wins and twelve draws each. However, the balance of the recent past clearly speaks in favour of the Old Lady from Berlin. Hertha have not conceded a single goal in any of the last five encounters. After the last encounter in the Bundesliga (0:0 in January 2010), the Berliners won the following four encounters in the 2nd division all by 2:0, most recently in March 2013.
– A year ago, Hertha BSC was in 13th position in the table with 3 points. Currently they are in position 18 (0).
– The most common result between VfL Bochum and Hertha BSC is 0-2. 6 matches have ended like this.
– When VfL Bochum leads 1-0 in home matches, they win 83% of the matches.
– Both teams have lost their last match