Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin preview

Two of the best teams in the Bundesliga this season will clash on Friday as third-placed Borussia Dortmund host second-placed Hertha Berlin. The two sides have met three times last season and Borussia won two of the meetings, 3-0 in the German cup and 3-1 at home in the Bundesliga. The match in Berlin ended goalless last season, while the last win for Hertha against Borussia was in December 2014, 1-0 at home. Overall, Dortmund have won three of the last five direct meetings.

Borussia Dortmund had an impressive three-game winning streak in the Bundesliga halted before the international break when they lost 2-0 at Leverkusen. Before that match they played a spectacular Champions League game against Real Madrid, which ended 2-2. They lost just two matches in all competitions this season, but both those defeats were in the Bundesliga, both away from home and both matches ended without a goal from Borussia. Moreover, they have a rather impressive injury list, no less than ten players are out, including big names like Sokratis, Andre Schurrle, Raphael Guerreiro or Marco Reus.

Hertha Berlin are living a dream at the start of this season, it's the best start of a campaign for them since 1970! They lost just one match this season, but that was against mighty Bayern Munich, apart from that it's been four league wins and a highly spectacular 3-3 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt. Ondrej Duda, Vladimir Darida, Peter Pekarík and Nils-Jonathan Koerber are injured, while Fabian Lustenberger might also miss out if he does not pass a late fitness test. Despite their good form overall, Hertha have not won an away match since the start of September.

Probable line-ups:

Dortmund: Burki - Passlack, Ginter, Bartra, Schmelzer - Weigl - Dembele, Rode, Gotze, Pulisic - Aubameyang

Hertha: Jarstein - Weiser, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Stark, Skjelbred - Esswein, Stocker, Hamaguchi - Ibisevic

My prediction: Borussia Dortmund to win 3-1.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Dortmund win - 1.30
Draw - 5.50
Hertha win - 9.50

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    The game has ended 1-1 and surprisingly for many Herta is a higher placed team in the standings at the moment I'm writing that.
    Dortmund started the season really well but after that they are disappointing and even so early in it they don't look as a title contender for yet another campaign.
    It's been great so far for Herta though and their fans could only hope the team will continue that run.

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