Hertha Berlin - Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians look to end drought away from home
The German record champions will aim to keep their momentum alive and end a four-game winless streak on the road as they visit the Olympiastadion to take on Otto Rehhagel's side
By Clark Whitney
Lell, Hubnik, Janker, Bastians
Perdedaj, Ottl, Niemeyer
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba
Luiz Gustavo, Kroos
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Otto Rehhagel will have to do without veteran defensive midfielder Levan Kobiashvili, who is suspended after receiving two yellow cards last week. Fabian Lustenberger and long-term casualty Maik Franz are also set to miss out on the match.
The trainer is expected to use a defensive 4-3-2-1 formation to lock down the centre of the park. Youngster Fanol Perdedaj, as well as Andreas Ottl and Peter Niemeyer will sit in front of the back four.
Jupp Heynckes is expected to retain the starting XI that featured in 7-1 and 7-0 wins against Hoffenheim and Basel, respectively, over the last week. If he does, that means Bastian Schweinsteiger will start the game on the bench. However, the vice-captain could return to the first XI, most likely replacing Thomas Muller.
Daniel van Buyten and Breno, who are still in rehabilitation, and are still far from fit to return, with both set to miss the match.
||DID YOU KNOW|
- Hertha Berlin have lost seven of their last eight matches.
- The promoted side have scored just twice in eight matches since the winter break.
- No Hertha player has scored more than one Bundesliga goal since the beginning of December.
- Bayern Munich have failed to win each of their last four away matches in the Bundesliga. They last took three points on the road in Stuttgart on December 11, 2011.
- Mario Gomez has scored seven goals in his last two games, and could make his 250th appearance in German league football.
- Franck Ribery has scored 11 Bundesliga goals this season, equal to his best return since moving to Munich in 2007.
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Top 3 Predictions
Hertha BSC 0-4 FC Bayern München
- 18.65 %
Hertha BSC 0-7 FC Bayern München
- 13.76 %
Hertha BSC 0-3 FC Bayern München
- 12.54 %
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||26 Oct 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - Hertha BSC 2|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||17 Mar 2012||Hertha BSC 0 - FC Bayern München 6|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||15 Oct 2011||FC Bayern München 4 - Hertha BSC 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||8 May 2010||Hertha BSC 1 - FC Bayern München 3|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||19 Dec 2009||FC Bayern München 5 - Hertha BSC 2|
|28 Feb 2014||Hertha BSC 0 - SC Freiburg 0||BUN|
|22 Feb 2014||VfB Stuttgart 1 - Hertha BSC 2||BUN|
|16 Feb 2014||Hertha BSC 1 - VfL Wolfsburg 2||BUN|
|8 Feb 2014||Hamburger SV 0 - Hertha BSC 3||BUN|
|2 Feb 2014||Hertha BSC 1 - 1. FC Nürnberg 3||BUN|
The centre-back has had several outstanding games this season, and it will be up to him to mark Bayern danger-man Mario Gomez. He has been up to the task of stopping some of the Bundesliga's best strikers, and now faces his biggest challenge.
Having scored seven times in less than a week, Bayern's goal machine is back at his prolific best, recovering from a somewhat difficult spell. Ribery and Robben are the creators, but only with an in-form Gomez can Bayern truly show their lethality.
While it is true that Bayern have not proven their quality away from home in quite some time, their prolific form at the Allianz Arena should carry them to victory in Berlin. Hertha are in serious trouble now, and their weakness in wide areas will be a key disadvantage against a Bayern side that will enjoy using the full breadth of the pitch.
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