Hertha BSC vs Borussia Dortmund Betting Prediction, Preview & Lineups
Borussia Dortmund head to Berlin only a month after eliminating Hertha BSC on the DFB-Pokal Round of 16. This time “The Old Lady” takes on Dortmund at the “Olympiastadion Berlin” as the clash is one from the very intriguing round 24 fixtures of the 2016-17 German Bundesliga season.
H2H Stats – Hertha BSC vs Borussia Dortmund: Match on Saturday afternoon, 11 March 2017, will be first weekend encounter between Hertha BSC and Borussia Dortmund during current season, as well as first one set to take place in Berlin. Previous two games have ended in the same way – 1-1 draws but second of them has been decided in stoppage time. That happened on 8 February when “Die Borussen” scored more penalties (won 3-2) at the “Signal Iduna Park” in Dortmund and thus reached the German Cup quarter-finals, where they will face Sportfreunde Lotte on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, The Berliners can be pleased with their Bundesliga trip to Dortmund on 14 October 2016, when Hertha stole a point in opening round 7 game. Moreover, visitors from Berlin were really close to pull out the maximum when Valentin Stocker opened the score in 51st minute, but Dortmund’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leveled in closing part of the match. Only few minutes before equalizing Aubameyang has missed to score from the white spot.
All these results are part of a negative streak which consists of six winless matches when Hertha meets Borussia Dortmund. Most recent victory of “The Old Lady” was more than two years ago, December 2014, when Hertha won 1-0 in Berlin. It has been followed by three wins for Dortmund and three draws, but one of them is an aforementioned DFB-Pokal triumph.
Bundesliga: Hertha BSC vs Borussia Dortmund 11.03.2017
Hertha are struggling for improvement after losing four of their last seven Bundesliga matches. All of them were on the road and Hertha remains force at the “Olympiastadion”, where Pál Dárdai’s men boast with the best home record in current Bundesliga season. After 9 victories out of 11 matches Hertha seems to be extremely confident at home, which is inspired by a really stable defensive efforts. Hertha conceded only five goals in Berlin and this places them alongside Bayern Munich, but generally Hertha won more points at home even compared to the Bavarians – 28 against 27.
Fact that “The Old Lady” has won 28 out of overall 37 points at home testifies how much Hertha relies to its home form. This ranks them on the fifth position with six points behind guests from Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund returns its focus at the Bundesliga where Thomas Tuchel’s men are underperforming and have 43 points after 23 rounds. This leaves them on 13 points from top where we have Bayern Munich once again and it seems Bavarians will retain their trophy for another year. And if that is not a surprise then Dortmund would never have thought they would find themselves on six points behind a second placed team of Leipzig after 23 game weeks.
Thomas Tuchel surely realizes that his main Bundesliga task is keeping of Dortmund’s top 3 position and at the same time trying to make a breakthrough in either the German Cup or the UEFA Champions League.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Borussia Dortmund comes after a massive midweek success over Portuguese champion Benfica, when on Wednesday night “The Black and Yellows” have shown their real face. After an inefficient first leg in Lisbon, Dortmund and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in particular were lethal at German turf and have extended their UEFA Champions League journey. Thomas Tuchel’s men are already looking forward to the quarter-finals draw and they will be keen to proceed with current form. Dortmund now have four consecutive victories with 16 goals scored in that period. Quite an impressive run. However, Thomas Tuchel is expected to make some rotations in the squad and he may promote players who have not featured on Wednesday or who were used as substitutions.
In the meantime Tuchel still has an injured German quartet with names of Sven Bender, Sebastian Rode, Marco Reus and Mario Götze all in.
Hertha BSC is entirely focused over the Bundesliga since the Berliners have been eliminated early in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers and like we have already highlighted knocked out from German Cup as well.
All circumstances leave only Bundesliga commitments in Hertha’s schedule and Pál Dárdai’s men are surely dreaming for one of the top four positions, which will allow them celebrating club’s 125th anniversary as one of the German UEFA Champions League representatives. For that reason Hertha must improve its away form but in that moment they are heading to a home match and Berliners obviously know how to handle.
Hungarian coach of Hertha has an injured quartet as well, involving names of Fabian Lustenberger, Alexander Baumjohann, Sinan Kurt and Julian Schieber. Good news are related with name of Mitchell Weiser who returns from injury and can be a right flank option in any time of the game.
Hertha BSC vs Borussia Dortmund Betting Prediction
Hertha will try to take out an advantage from Dortmund’s midweek appearance and fact their schedule is more loaded. Furthermore, Hertha looks very solid at home and that is another plus of the Berliners here.
On other hand we have Borussia Dortmund that enjoys its football and shows really spectacular attacking display.
Our match prediction recommends betting on “Both teams to score – Yes“. We expect another game facing Hertha BSC vs Borussia Dortmund in the 2016-17 football season, where both sides look capable of scoring at least one goal.
Venue: “Olympiastadion”, Berlin.
Referee: Robert Hartmann.
Possible Lineups of Hertha BSC and Borussia Dortmund
Hertha BSC: Rune Jarstein – Marvin Plattenhardt, John Brooks, Sebastian Langkamp, Peter Pekarík – Niklas Stark, Per Ciljan Skjelbred – Salomon Kalou, Vladimír Darida, Genki Haraguchi – Vedad Ibisevic. (4-2-3-1)
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Bürki – Felix Passlack, Sokratis, Matthias Ginter, Marcel Schmelzer – Julian Weigl – Ousmane Dembele, Raphaël Guerreiro, Shinji Kagawa, André Schürrle – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (4-1-4-1)