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Thursday Betting 1: Berlin vs Cologne

Thursday Betting 1: Berlin vs Cologne


Hertha Berlin have a had a great start to the German 2nd Division so far with only one loss in their first 15 games as they look to get back to the top flight.

After a disappointing and bizarre ending to their Bundesliga playoff last season, Germany's biggest underachievers have set the pace for what could be a rise back up the Bundesliga, having gone 9-1-5 (W-L-T) so far which see them in 2nd spot.

At 2:15pm EST today they will face a team that was relegated with them last season in FC Cologne, who, after losing many players to bigger clubs - including Lukas Podolski to Arsenal - have not performed as well. In their opening 15 contests, the team has an even record of 5-5-5, with three of those victories coming on the road.

Berlin is heavily favoured here with a payout of 1.57 over at and for good reason.

Hertha is undefeated so far at home this season with five wins and a pair of draws to show for it while only conceding three goals at the Olympiastadion, tied for tops in the league.

The team has also been hot as they currently ride on the crest of a 13 game unbeaten streak - dating back to mid-August - which includes three straight wins in which they tallied for a total of 11 goals.

Though I expect Berlin to continue their winnings ways, a draw would not be far-fetched even though Cologne have not drawn a game in their first 7 away encounters. But their three wins does suggest some semblance of strength and you could have a bit more value if that result comes through with odds currently listed at 3.80.

To win and go 50/50 on the road, Cologne are being issued at 5.55. They can also be had at 4.15 in the draw-no-bet offering which means if the game ties, you get your wager back.

Despite the goal streak in which Berlin is on, I do lean towards the under 2.5 which is set at 2.06 while the over is given at a much lower rate of 1.69. The reason is when on their game Cologne is a more formidable side than any of those last three that Berlin handidly defeated.

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