Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
All eyes will be on Stadion An der Alten Forsterei when Union Berlin and Hertha Berlin square off against each other in the local derby on Saturday. Union Berlin have quickly established themselves as a top-table side in the Bundesliga, with the team representing Germany in European competitions for yet another term. There are no injury worries in the home team ahead of the season opener, while both Jordan Siebatcheu and Jamie Leweling are likely to make their official Union Berlin debuts against Hertha.
The visitors, on the other hand, suffered an unexpected loss to Braunschweig in their DFB Pokal opener, which is probably the main reason why we are going to put our money on the hosts this time out. Both Kelian Nsona and Marco Richter are out of contention with injuries, while there are no suspended players in the visiting team ahead of the Berlin derby.
Highlighted Player (Rani Khedira):
Just like his brother Sami, Rani Khedira started his senior career at Stuttgart. The midfielder made 56 league appearances for Stuttgart II, while playing nine matches for the first team. In 2014 he joined Leipzig and he has been playing for Die Bullen ever since.
Rani Khedira was born on 27 January, 1994 in Stuttgart and he has 2 caps for Germany U19 team. The Leipzig midfielder represented Germany U17 at the 2011 FIFA World Cup. Khedira played 15 matches for Leipzig in the 2015/2016 2. Bundesliga campaign and he certainly helped the team secure promotion to the German elite division. He is a central midfielder, but he plays as a defensive midfielder as well.
Khedira has a contract with Leipzig which expires on 30 June, 2017. His highest market value was €1,300,000 on 13 January, 2015. Rani Khedira was born in Germany, but his father is Tunisian. He is a right-footed footballer.
Highlighted Team (Hertha Berlin):
Hertha Berlin is a German football club from the city Berlin which is currently active in the highest German football division the Bundesliga. The club was founded in 1892 and is active in the Bundesliga since 2011//2012. Between 1926 and 1931 Hertha BSC managed to reach 6 times to the final of the Deutsche Meisterschaft which they managed to win 2 times (in 1930 and one year later in 1931).
Hertha Berlin originally played its home games in the Plumpe which got bombed during the WW II. After the bombings Hertha Berlin stated to play their games in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. The club colors of Hertha Berlin are blue and red and is also known as Die Alte Dame which is the same nickname as Juventus. Next to winning the German national league Hertha Berlin managed to reach to the final in the DFB Pokal in 1977, 1979 and 1993.
Hertha played several times in the UEFA Cup (former Europa League) and qualified for the group stage in the Champions League in the season 1999/2000. Known players that played for Hertha BSC are: Basturk, Deisler, Bobic and Marcelinho.