Hertha Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen: A Race for The Last UCL Place
The Champions League spots next season have been secured by Bayern, Dortmund anf not long after RB Leipzig. This means that there is only one seat left, which is now being after by Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia M’Gladbach. With only two games remaining, they are racing against the time to seal that. This weekend, Kai Havertz and Co will be visiting the capital to take on Hertha BSC. They are on a mission to end their consecutive loss lately, which has cost their opportunity for continental competition next season.
Hertha Berlin news
The lady luck did not smile at them while facing off Freiburg on the road. Herta eventually lost 1-2.j Dude Lukebakkio goal was disallowed due to the preceding foul. In fact, they were then conceded by Vincenzo Grifo’s free kick. Vedad Ibisevic’s penalty was able to bring ties to the scoresheet. However, the blunder in their defense blew everything and was converted into a goal by Niels Petersen.
Bayer Leverkusen news
Leverkusen, on the other hand, crushed FC Koln 3-1 in the midweek fixture. Sven Bender, Kai Havertz and Moussa Diaby were the scorer in this fairly easy game. The visitor could respond one by Sebastian Bornauw’s header.
Missing players and probable lineups
Bruno Labbadia was upset in the last fixture and his tactical approach with 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2 formation seems to have been anticipated already. Thus, he needs to deploy different one such as 5-3-2 for example to block the waves of Leverkusen attack in 3-4-3. Unfortunately, there are a number of players on the sideline such as Solomon Kalou, Max Mittelstadt, Thomas Kraft, Santiago Ascacibar, Javairo Dilrosun, Karim Rekik, Per Skjelberg, Matthew Leckie, Mariusz Wolf and Matheus Cunha. This will be a challeging one for Hertha’s side to decide their starting IX.
Hertha Berlin: Rune Jarstein; Peter Pekarik, Jordan Toranarigha, Derdyck Boyata, Marvin Plattenhart, Lukas Klunter; Nikolas Stark, Marco Grujic, Vladimir Darida; Dude Lukebakio, Kryzstof Piatek.
Meanwhile, Peter Bosz should know that his 3-4-3 is the best option he has so far as it leads to convincing results. Despite losing Bender brothers plus Karim Bellarabi due to their injury, his squad has more than enough to cover their absence.
Bayer Leverkusen: Lukas Hradecky; Jonathan Tah, Alexander Dragovic, Edmond Tapsoba; Leon Bailey, Wendell, Charles Aranguiz, Julian Baumgartlinger ; Kai Havertz, Moussa Diaby, Kevin Volland.
The head-to-head encounters for both teams in the last six meetings shows how equal they are. Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin share the exact same number of win equally, three times.
The match might be considerably even. Yet, the result will be depending more on the host’s mentality. How Labbadia inspires his team to pick up their confidence after three defeats in a row and end this season with a bit of dignity. If they do employ such defensive formation, Vladimir Darida and Co might have a chance to snatch a point. However, with more precious target for Peter Bosz’s men on the table, a narrow win might be clinched by the visitor in the end.
Where to watch
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