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Hertha Berlin vs Schalke 04: Another Tough Contender for the Host

Hertha Berlin vs Schalke 04: Another Tough Contender for the Host

Jurgen Klinsmann has been Hertha Berlin’s new hope for their Bundesliga campaign in the remaining of the season. Since the arrival of the former star in 1990s era in the squad, their form has been improving with four wins and one draw in their last seven matches. Their position on the table is currently on the 13th of the standings. This weekend they will be facing off another stronger side, Schalke 04. They are on the 6th of the table at the moment. It is not an easy task for Klinsmann’s man but with the home fans on their side, everything seems possible.   

Hertha news:

 In their previous game, Rune Jarstein and Co were able to seal three points in their away fixture. Last week, they won 2-1 over Vfl Wolfsburg. Jordan Torunarigha and Dodi Lukebakio netted the winning goals. This stunning result can be a boost for their confidence after being hammered by Bayern at home before. Several players who were injured are back on the training such as Mathew Leckie and Marvin Plattenheart. Moreover, Hertha managed to make another signing on loan, Krystof Piatek.

Schalke news:

Schalke, on the other hand, was in fact Bayern’s most current victim last week. They were crushed 0-5 in their visit to Allianz Arena. David Wagner’s formula seems to be not working well when they are up to the stronger side like Die Roeten, Leipzig or Dortmund. Recently, they have just made a new signing on loan, Austrian forward, Michael Gregoritch from Augsburg. He seems to provide more option on their attack.

Missing players and probable lineups:

Jurgen Klinsmann apparently tends to deploy 4-2-3-1 with the transition to 4-1-4-1 formation. The change in lone striker role from David Selke to Dude Lukebakio seems to give a positive impact on their attacking side. Their new signing, the Argentinean Santiago Ascacibar performed quite well in his debut with Hertha. For this upcoming match, at least two names will not be available due to their injury. They are Vladimir Darida and Solomon Kalou.

Hertha Berlin: Rune Jarstein; Jordan Torunarigha, Marvin Plattenheart, Dedryck Boyata, Karim Rekik; Santiago Ascacibar; Marko Grujic, Mariusz Wolf, Maximillian Mittelstadt, Javairo Dilrosun, ; Dodi Lukebakio.

David Wagner is in fact, in favour of various formations. The former Huddersfield’s boss has deployed 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2. He mainly counts on lines of youngsters such as Armine Harit, Benito Raman, Weston McKennie and Suat Serdar. Unfortunately, two names will be sidelined for this game. They are Benjamin Stambouli and Salif Sane. 

Schalke 04: Alexander Nubel; Ozan Kabak, Juan Miranda, Jonjo Kenny, Bastian Ozcipka;  Omar Mascarell;  Benito Rahman, Suat Serdar, Armine Harit, Daniel Caligiuri ; Michael Gregoritsch.

Match facts:

Hertha seems to be the dominant side in their head-to-heading meeting against Schalke. They have won four times in their last six encounters while Royal Blues only managed to win once only.

Prediction:

Hertha’s impressive form will potentially continue if David Wagner’s men are unable to rise from their humiliating defeat by Bayern before. Klinsmann’s preference to employ swift attack could lead to the visitor’s consecutive loss. A narrow win for the home side is quite likely.

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