Borussia M’Gladbach vs Hertha Berlin: One Point to Secure Champions League Place
The last round of Bundesliga might just be a formality for Hertha Berlin, but not for Gladbach. They are on the fourth of the table yet not safe for qualifying to the Champions League next season as Bayer Leverkusen could still leapfrog them instead. Lars Stindl and Co only need a single point to secure the spot since they have much better goal difference than their contender. Such task is supposedly doable yet Hertha would not simply let it happen for granted. In fact, they are planning to finish this season in fashion, which also means stealing three points from the host.
Gladbach were able to return to the top four last week after crushing Paderborn 3-1 while at the same time, Leverkusen lost the game against Hertha. The captain Lars Stindl netted a brace responding Sven Michels equaliser after Gladbach took an early lead by Patrick Hermann on the 4th minute. It was a necessary victory to boost their confidence after missing out their dynamic French duo upfront, Alessane Plea and Marcus Thuram in the next match.
Hertha Berlin news
Hertha finally managed to end their third consecutive loss last week. Vladimir Darida and Co could smash Bayer Leverkusen 2-0. Matheus Cunha and Dude Lukebakio scored the winning goals of the match. It may means nothing for them but it certainly hurt Leverkusen as they lost the top four in the standings.
Missing players and probable lineups
Marco Rose has been employing various formations this season, from 4-2-3-1, 4-1-4-1, 3-4-2-1 or 3-5-2. However, considering the number of players on the injury table including Marcus Thuram, Alessane Plea, Denis Zakaria, Tobias Strobl, Raffael, Fabian Johnson, the 4-2-3-1 seems to be the more suitable one with Breel Embolo as the lone striker supported by Jonas Hoffmann, Patrick Hermann and Lars Stindl.
Borussia MGladbach: Yann Sommer; Nico Elvedi, Toni Janstchke, Mathias Ginter, Ramy Bensebaini; Christopher Kramer, Florian Neuhaus; Lars Stindl, Patrick Hermann, Jonas Hoffmann; Breel Embolo.
Meanwhile, Bruno Labbadia has even got more players on the sideline in his squad. They are Peter Pekarik, Max Mittelstadt, Thomas Kraft, Javairo Dilrosun, Santiago Ascacibar, Luca Netz, Arne Maier, Mariusz Wolf, Karim Rekik, Matthew Leckie, Per Skjelberd and the man of the match last week, Matheus Cunha, whereas Lukas Klunter is serving the ban. Thus, Labbadia might have to deploy 4-1-3-2 as it is the most suitable one with the available names in the squad. Krystof Piatek and Vedad Ibisevic will be the duo front men.
Hertha Berlin: Rune Jarstein; Jordan Torunarigha, Marvin Plattenhart, Dedryck Boyata, Niklas Stark; Marco Grujic; Vladimir Darida, Dodi Lukebakio, Lazar Samardzic; Vedad Ibisevic, Krystof Piatek.
In the head-to-head meetings, Gladbach is still on the superior side. They have won three times and had one draw in the last six encounters. Hertha, on the other hand, managed to seal a win twice only.
This clash might not be easy for Gladbach as they have crisis at the front. However, Marco Roses men have a sufficient potential to at least secure one point as Hertha have nothing to lose in this game, plus they have more injured players in the squad. A draw is an ideal result.
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