Borussia Dortmund VS Hertha Berlin Prediction
After another short break for international football, German Bundesliga returns to action with its regular Friday night (14 October 2016) encounter at the “Signal-Iduna-Park” in Dortmund, where Borussia welcomes runner-ups Hertha BSC. Six Bundesliga rounds have been played so far and we must note that Hertha’s improvement continues since Pal Dardai’s side does really well, remaining on just three points from leaders Bayern Munich. Borussia Dortmund remains third and Thomas Tuchel’s men breathe in Hertha’s neck, but however, “The Black and Yellows” have suffered their second defeat right before the pause, after losing 0-2 by Bayer in Leverkusen. So basically we have most interesting fixture from round 7 of German Bundesliga on Friday evening and we believe this attracts global attention.
Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha BSC – Team News and Match Preview
Borussia Dortmund will be keen to bounce back on time since just few days after their Bundesliga fixture against Hertha Berlin, Thomas Tuchel’s men will head for Portugal where they’ll be challenged by Sporting CP in their third UEFA Champions League encounter. Nonetheless, Borussia’s Bundesliga positioning comes with a certain priority in a first place and we believe that everyone in Dortmund has secretly dreamed club can be more competitive to Bayern Munich this season. Few great signings have been purchased during summer transfer window but we all know what a trademark Bayern Munich is in German football, so “Die Borussen” must show exclusive consistency in following weeks, if they want to put some pressure on their rivals.
Hertha travels to Dortmund after a 2-0 win over Hamburger SV at their own “Olympiastadion” in Berlin, which has moved “The Old Lady” above Dortmund. Vedad Ibisevic’s brace was crucial for the final score and this has ended Hertha’s bad streak from two games without a win. These two matches were away from Berlin and one of them remains only defeat of Hertha so far in the season 2016-17 – 0-3 by Bayern Munich, followed by a 3-3 draw in Frankfurt. If losing from Bayern in Munich is something pretty expected for most Bundesliga sides, the draw against Eintracht was a disappointment since it Michael Hector equalized in 92nd minute.
So generally these two results have ended Hertha’s winning run in opening weeks of the Bundesliga season in which “The Blue-Whites” have won three in a row. However, Hertha is back on track and we shall see how does the international break influenced to both teams’ performances here.
Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha BSC – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Hertha can pull out positives from last weeks and that’s related with Vedad Ibisevic’s form, since Bosnian striker has netted four goals in last two Bundesliga rounds. This places him next to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Chicharito, Anthony Modeste and Robert Lewandowski, who all have scored five goals and they share the top scoring Bundesliga position after first six rounds. Impressive beginning of the new football year for Hertha’s captain who hasn’t been so convincing in season 2015-2016, while now he seems to be in shape. Anyway, we’ll see what an impact has the international break had over him since Ibisevic couldn’t score in Bosnia’s 0-4 defeat against Belgium in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. He was subbed after only 65 minutes in Brussels and that dropped him out from starting lineup against Cyprus, won with 2-0, where Ibisevic came as a replacement of Milan Djuric in 81st minute. Of course, we can also find a positive in that since qualifier between Bosnia and Cyprus was on Monday night, so Ibisevic should be fresh enough for upcoming Bundesliga round. He’s one of the most important names for Pal Dardai and fact he has been appointed for Hertha BSC’s captain back in August, replacing Fabian Lustenberger who was Hertha’s captain for three years, shows the credit Ibisevic holds.
Unfortunately Hungarian boss of “The Old Lady” remains without injured Czechoslovakia trio – both Slovaks Peter Pekarík and Ondrej Duda, as well as Czech midfielder Vladimír Darida.
Thomas Tuchel has its own selection headache as well, since Dortmund’s manager cannot rely to the previously injured Sven Bender, Neven Subotic, Erik Durm and Gonzalo Castro, but situation has worsen. Indeed, Dortmund gave two serious victims since centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been injured in opening minutes of match facing Greece vs Estonia, while young French attacker Ousmane Dembele was ruled out from France’s 2017 UEFA U-21 Euro qualification match against Northern Ireland on Tuesday night. Reports are Dembele has picked up an ankle injury and more specific information hasn’t been provided yet. Recent information we found suggest Dembele is ready to start against Hertha BSC on Friday night.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
All these injuries (we’ll follow situation with Dembele) will affect on Dortmund’s overall formation and players like Sokratis, Gonzalo Castro, Ousmane Dembele are enjoying to a really good season so far. Injury of Sokratis and absences of other players who can cover his position (Bender/Subotic) are leaving Thomas Tuchel with Marc Bartra and Matthias Ginter.
Gonzalo Castro will probably be replaced by Raphaël Guerreiro who can play either on the wing and as a central midfielder, where he shows huge progress. Another option is Guerreiro to operate through the flank while both central midfield positions can be taken by a duo between someone from Sebastian Rode, Mario Götze, Shinji Kagawa and Nuri Sahin, while Christian Pulisic competes with Emre Mor for a position on the right wing. Marco Reus gets closer to full training but it will be too early for him to return on the pitch, we suppose. Meanwhile Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s position on top of Dortmund’s attack looks unquestionable and he’ll be main threat for Hertha’s defense.
Update: Latest news are Raphaël Guerreiro will miss the game due to muscle fibre injury, as well as André Schürrle who still recovers from a medial collateral ligament.
Update – 14.10.2016: Borussia Dortmund’s right back Lukasz Piszczek will also miss the match due to knee problems.
On other hand we all know Hertha looks really solid when team has to play on counterattacks and this will be their biggest advantage. “The Old Lady” will be cautious and we expect some lethal counters coming from the wings, where Genki Haraguchi and Alexander Esswein are expected to start. Valentin Stocker, who scored one very important goal in the international break – third goal for Switzerland’s 3-2 success over Hungary, is expected to start as a second striker again and we believe this forms one really battle-worthy formation for The Berliners.
Odds on “Both teams to score – Yes” are tempting to us and we highly recommend such a bet. We all know how cruel Dortmund can be at their home but we also expect some cracks in their defensive line, which can be used by Hertha’s attackers.
Venue: “Signal-Iduna-Park”, Dortmund.
Referee: Patrick Ittrich.
Possible starting lineups of Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Bürki – Marcel Schmelzer, Matthias Ginter, Marc Bartra, Felix Passlack – Julian Weigl – Ousmane Dembele, Sebastian Rode, Mario Götze, Christian Pulisic – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (4-1-4-1)
Missing players – Hendrik Bonmann, Neven Subotic, Sokratis, Erik Durm, Lukasz Piszczek, Raphaël Guerreiro, Sven Bender, Gonzalo Castro, Marco Reus and André Schürrle.
Hertha BSC: Rune Jarstein – Mitchell Weiser, John Brooks, Sebastian Langkamp, Marvin Plattenhardt – Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Niklas Stark – Alexander Esswein, Valentin Stocker, Genki Haraguchi – Vedad Ibisevic. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players – Nils-Jonathan Körber, Peter Pekarik, Vladimir Darida and Ondrej Duda. Fabian Lustenberger is doubtful.