Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich

Hertha Berlin last tasted success against Bayern Munich back in February 2009, but they cannot be written off for Friday evening’s Bundesliga clash in the Olympiastadion.

Die Alte Dame have started the new season brightly, taking ten points from a possible 12 before falling 3-1 at Werder Bremen in midweek, while they have also earned a draw in each of their last three meetings with Bayern.

Hertha must tighten up

One area of concern will be in defence though, with Pal Dardai’s side having conceded at least two goals in each of their last three games – a repeat of that frailty will surely lead to problems against a star-studded Bayern attack.

And, with that stat in mind, 1.95 for both teams to score on Friday looks a very decent prospect, with the hosts having been potent in attack themselves in the opening weeks of the campaign.

Attacking options boost hosts

Veteran Veded Ibisevic has scored three times in five Bundesliga appearances, while Slovak midfielder Ondrej Duda has gone one better with four in five, having previously struggled to make an impact in Berlin.

Duda is 6.50 to score at any time on Friday, with Ibisevic available at 4.00, but former Manchester City youngster Javairo Dilrosun represents an even more tempting option at 10.00.

Having found opportunities limited in England, the Dutchman has found the net twice in his last three games and is clearly enjoying the opportunity to shine in the Bundesliga.

Bayern hard to read

The superstars of Bayern had won seven games in a row under new head coach Niko Kovac before they drew 1-1 at home to Augsburg on Tuesday, but still the feeling remains that they are far from their best.

Injuries have played their part, but Kovac will no doubt be positive that he can enjoy a successful first season in charge.

Two goals conceded in five games suggest that the visitors will be hard to break down in Berlin, so Bayern to keep a clean sheet 1.90 and 2.00 to win to zero could provide something of a return.

Lewandowski always a threat

Among the aces at the disposal of Bayern, it is still hard to look beyond Poland striker Robert Lewandowski for their out-and-out star.

The frontman has already netted eight goals in seven games this season and it was telling that he was absent against Augsburg, as his side dropped their first points of the campaign.

He offers little in the way of value at 1.36 to score at anytime against Hertha, but you might like to bear in mind that he is usually deadly from the penalty spot, so 4.75 for the visitors to score a penalty could be something to consider.

In the anytime scoring market, former Swansea City loan flop Renato Sanches (5.00) is one to watch closely, as the talented Portuguese youngster appears to have been rejuvenated by the arrival of Kovac.

An advanced midfield role offers the undoubted talent plenty of opportunities to get on the scoresheet, as he did in the 2-0 Champions League win at former club Benfica just over a week ago.