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Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund : Match Preview and Prediction

Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund : Match Preview and Prediction

            Hertha Berlin’s campaign this season has been disappointing. They are currently sitting in the relegation zone with eleven points only from three wins, two draws and four losses. Mariusz Wolf and Co have even been winless in their last five games of Bundesliga. This week, they will have to take on Borussia Dortmund, one of the supposedly main contenders to end Bayern’s domination but have been inconsistent lately. The match will be in Olympic Stadium, Berlin.

Hertha Berlin news:

Hertha’s form seems to be degrading since their third consecutive wins in early October, despite their surprisingly good result in the first match. At that time they managed to hold Bayern in a 2-2 draw in Allianz Arena. Unfortunately, such positive result is only a history. They have been defeated six games in a row. Last week, they were hammered by Augsburg 0-4. It was the second time consecutively for them to be conceded four goals in one match. No wonder that Ante Covic was dismissed and the former star in 1990s, Jurgen Klinsmann was chosen for the vacant post.

Dortmund news:

Marco Reus and Co have had negative results too since Der Klassiker. They are even sloping to the sixth of the standings. Last week, they were not able to win over Paderborn at their home turf. Dortmund were held in a 3-3 thrilling encounter. They were three goals behind at the first half. Fortunately, they could equalise at the second half by goals from Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel and Marco Reus himself. In the Champions League, they suffered a loss while visiting Camp Nou. The host’s deadly trio, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann found the back of the net. Dortmund could only netted a consolation goal by Jadon Sancho.

Missing players and probable lineups:

The newly appointed manager, the former Germany international star, Jurgen Klinsmann, might be deploying 4-4-2, 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. The last one seems to be quite the safe option during the transition period. Unfortunately, he will not be able to put their main goal keeper, Rune Jarstein, in the line up due to his suspension. The former Bayern goalie will take his post.

Hertha Berlin: Thomas Kraft; Mariusz Wolf, Marvin Plattenhart, Dedryck Boyata, Niklas Stark; Marko Grujic, Per Skjelbred; Vladimir Darida, Ondrej Duda, Dodi Lukebakio; David Selke.

Lucian Favre might need to employ different formation than what he normally opts for this season to maximise his squad’s potentials and avoid being predictable. Perhaps employing 3-4-2-1 could be considerable. However, some of his players have to be in the injury table such as Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney and Jacob Brunn Larssen.

Borussia Dortmund: Roman Burki; Mats Hummels, Manuel Akanji, Marcel Schmelzer; Raphael Guerrero, Axel Witsel, Julian Weigl, Achraf Hakimi;  Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard;  Marco Reus.

Match facts:

Dortmund is certainly more superior to Hertha when it comes to their head-to-head meetings. They won three times in their last six encounters. Yet, they have been unable to win in their last five away games.  

Prediction:

Dortmund’s form for in the away fixtures has been unconvincing. This could be a chance for Klinsmann’s men to snatch a point, at least one, with the available players in the squad. In addition, playing in their home turf and the arrival of the former Germany and USA national team boss could boost their confidence.

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