It’s a battle between teams on the opposite ends of the table when Hertha Berlin host Hannover 96 on the match-day 29 of the German Bundesliga.
Hertha Berlin are currently third in the Bundesliga table, but take nothing away from them as they have done particularly well in their home matches to reach this level. In an unpredictable and tough league, they were thrashed 5-0 by Borussia Monchengladbach, who themselves are pushing to topple Hertha for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Hannover 96 are bottom on the Bundesliga table with 17 points, 10 lower than the 17th and 16th Frankfurt and Augsburg respectively It is almost certain that they are going down this season as the relegation battle is more intense with teams from 13th to 17th in the table can drop to Bundesliga II.
Hertha were inflicted the heaviest defeat in the campaign as Gladbach put 5 goals past them last weekend. The form in the last 6 matches read 4 wins and 2 defeats.
The Berliners have an excellent home record in Bundesliga this season and are undefeated in their last 9 matches. Their overall home record this season from 14 matches so far is 9 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat.
Hannover are without a win in their last 5 league matches and lost 13 of their last 14 matches.
They have failed to score a goal in the last 3 matches and scored only once in the last 5. They have also conceded a heavy 15 goals from their last 5 league matches.
Hertha Berlin: Team News
Tunisian striker Sami Allagui is back in training after recovering from a knee problem, but is unlikely to star here.
Defender Anthony Brooks and midfielders Ciljan Skjelbred are doubts, while teenager Sinan Kurt is a few days away from recovering from a hamstring problem he picked up on 21st March.
Hertha Berlin: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Jarstein – Weiser, Stark, Lustenberger, Plattenhardt – Hegeler, Skjelbred – Kalou, Darida, Haraguchi – Ibisevic.
Hannover 96: Team News
Charlison Benschop is back in training after a successful knee surgery in January, but could be a few days away from regaining match fitness.
Hotaru Yamaguchi is sidelined with a broken nose, while Leon Andreasen is ruled out for the rest of the season.
Felipe Martins is a minor doubt with a muscular problem, while Marius Wolf, Manuel Schmiedebach and Edgar Prib are struggling for fitness.
Hannover 96: Expected Starting Line-up (4-3-1-2)
Zieler – Sorg, Schulz, Milosevic, Sakai – Gulselam, Prib, Fossum – Kiyotake – Hugo Almeida, Szalai.
Hertha Berlin vs Hannover 96: Head-to-Head Stats
- Hannover still hold a superior head-to-head record against Hertha Berlin in their last 5 meetings, with 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss.
- Hertha are unbeaten in the last two meetings with a 3-1 win in their last encounter and a 1-1 draw, both away from home at Hannover.
- Hannover have won all of the last three Bundesliga encounters with Hertha in Berlin without conceding a goal.
Hertha Berlin vs Hannover 96: Prediction
Hertha Berlin have a strong record at home in Bundesliga this season and their head-coach Pál Dárdai will be keen to take all three points to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Hannover have been poor in their recent outings and looking at the rate at which they are conceding goals, they are poised for another heavy defeat.
I expect over 2.5 goals, and no wonder if Hertha grabs an early goal here and my exact score prediction is Hertha 3-0 Hannover 96.
Best Bet: Hertha to win @ 1.53