Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich by Gustav
Hertha Berlin probably didn't plan, but still suffered narrow defeat away to Mainz last Saturday evening with a 1:0 result. Only goal was scored back in 54th minute from a penalty kick taken by De Blasis, in overall quite a defensive game where neither of the sides showed much in attack.
Still needs to be said, players of Mainz looked a bit more concrete and had better chances, while the visitors from Berlin had a bit more of the ball possession and tried to do more, but finally stood playing with a man less when Ibisevic got excluded and it wasn't possible for them to make the pressure in last few minutes of the clash. Hertha is now at eight position having 2-2-2 record and two points less than Europa League placed Leipzig, even though they need points, they know that a draw here would be a perfectly fine result for them.
Hosts should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Esswein as central striker, plus Kalou, Duda and Leckie as offensive midfielders. Offensive player Vedad Ibisevic (6/0) is suspended for this one after red card last time out in Bundesliga. Forwards Julian Schieber and Davie Selke remain injured and the match comes too soon for them, even though they are nearing their full fitness.
Bayern, on the other side, suffered real setback last Friday evening when the team welcomed Wolfsburg and stood to a 2:2 draw only. They looked just fine in the first halftime and took the double lead via Lewandowski in 33rd minute from the penalty kick and Robben in 42nd minute, but paid the price of being not enough concrete in attack in second.
Guests reacted with a more courage in repetition, reducing the deficit in 56th minute via Arnold, while they scored the second goal a bit against the flow of the match via Didavi. Things to be worse, they also suffered 3:0 defeat away to PSG in Champions League, showing again the fact that the team concedes goal easier than what they should. As for Bundesliga, they are now at third position with three points less than leaders from Dortmund and surely aiming nothing but an easier three pointer here.
Visitors are set to continue in their 4-2-3-1 formation with Lewandowski as central striker, but also with Robben, Muller and Ribery as offensive midfielders. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (3/0) is injured, same as defender Juan Bernat (who didn't play so far anyway).
- Bayern have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches (Bundesliga).
Hertha will look to rely on their strong home performances, but after Bayern suffered two setbacks, against Wolfsburg in Bundesliga and on the road to PSG in Champions League, I expect them to come up with a really strong performance in this one and show that they are the strongest side in the country. Bayern should dominate this one from the first minute and improve strongly after two winless matches.