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Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich Match Preview

17 Feb 2017 Keith M. GERMANY: Bundesliga
GERMANY: Bundesliga

Hertha BSC

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  • W
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vs

Kick-off
14:30 GMT
18 February 2017

Bayern Munich

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  • D
  • W
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  • W

Kick-off
14:30 GMT 18 February 2017

The Bundesliga champions travel to Hertha Berlin as they look to increase their lead at the top of the table with 3 points against a side that they should certainly beat. In match week 21 of the Bundesliga season, both sides find themselves in good positions. Bayern Munich are, as expected, at the top of the table and Hertha Berlin have had a brilliant season and sit in 6th going into this one.

STATS

  • Even though Bayern are 7 points clear at the top, their fans haven’t been completely impressed with some of their showings this season. Their form in the league hasn’t suffered though and they’ve won 8 of their last 10 in the league. A draw against Schalke and a loss to Dortmund upset a perfect run.
  • Hertha have only managed 2 wins in their last 7 league games which has almost put an end to their glimmer of hope of finishing in a Champions League position. But if they can put another good run of form together, they’ll be right in the running to get themselves back in Europe.
  • A large proportion of Bayern Munich’s goals have come from Polish predator, Robert Lewandowski, and with 15 goals, only Aubameyang and Modeste have managed more with 17 and 16 respectively.
  • Vedad Ibisevic is Hertha’s top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 8 goals and the Bayern defence will have to be careful of his clever movement in and around their penalty area.

HEAD TO HEAD

Like most teams, Hertha have really struggled against Bayern Munich and their last win against them in the league came in 2009. Hertha have also failed to score in the last 5 meetings between the sides.

Head to head matches: Hertha BSC - Bayern Munich

21.09.2016 Bund Bayern Munich Hertha BSC 3:0
23.04.2016 Bund Hertha BSC Bayern Munich 0:2
28.11.2015 Bund Bayern Munich Hertha BSC 2:0

HERTHA BERLIN NEWS

Hertha will be desperate to turn their form around in the league so that they can challenge for the European spots again. They’ve got a few absences for the game against the league leaders, 3 of which have been out for a few weeks now and a new injury from their last game. Niklas Stark picked up a calf injury in the 2-0 loss to Schalke. He’s joined on the injury table by Mitchell Weiser, Sinan Kurt and Ondrej Duda.

Latest matches: Hertha BSC

11.02.2017 Bund FC Schalke 04 Hertha BSC 2:0 L
08.02.2017 DFB Borussia Dortmund Hertha BSC 4:3 L
04.02.2017 Bund Hertha BSC FC Ingolstadt 1:0 W
29.01.2017 Bund SC Freiburg Hertha BSC 2:1 L
22.01.2017 Bund Bayer Leverkusen Hertha BSC 3:1 L

BAYERN MUNICH NEWS

Bayern Munich, on the other hand, will be looking to continue their good run of form in the league with a comfortable away win against Hertha Berlin. There’s almost a full team available at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal as it’s only Jerome Boateng who misses the game with a shoulder injury he picked up in December and while he’s nearly ready for action again, he won’t be ready to be rushed into this one.

Latest matches: Bayern Munich

15.02.2017 UEFA Bayern Munich Arsenal FC 5:1 W
11.02.2017 Bund FC Ingolstadt Bayern Munich 0:2 W
07.02.2017 DFB Bayern Munich VfL Wolfsburg 1:0 W
04.02.2017 Bund Bayern Munich FC Schalke 04 1:1 D
28.01.2017 Bund Werder Bremen Bayern Munich 1:2 W

SUMMING UP!

It’s definitely a game that Bayern should be winning but with Hertha’s unpredictability so far this term, it’s a game that Bayern may find themselves struggling. With their home support and decent home form, Hertha might fancy a win against the Champions but with such poor form in recent years against Bayern, the omens aren’t great for Hertha. It’s a great chance for Bayern to extend their 7-point lead at the top of the table but also a decent chance for Hertha to turn themselves around. It has all the makings to be a great game.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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