Hertha vs Darmstadt by Gustav
Hertha simply couldn't do much more in their defeat last Saturday evening, as the team suffered 2:0 defeat away to RB Leipzig, being defensive for the most of the times and actually quite a passive side against way more dominant and superior side.
Hosts took the lead in 40th minute with a goal from Werner, continued attacking and being better, while they secured the victory in 62nd via Orban. Visitors barely made one good chance during the match, while they now continue to be fourth at the table, but now having only three points more than seventh placed Koln.
Hertha is set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Ibisevic as number nine, plus Stocker, Darida and Esswein as offensive midfielders. Per Skjelbred and Vladimir Darida will be back in the midfield, while the home team continues to miss central defenders John Brooks (9/0), Sebastian Langkamp (12/0), right full back/winger Mitchell Weisner (12/1).
Darmstadt, on the other side, suffered seventh straight defeat, as they lost at home against Bayern Munich 0:1 last weekend. Final result is negative of course, but it needs to be said that the visitors didn't have so many chances created despite huge amount of ball possession.
Still, their victory was a deserved one and came thanks to a goal from Costa in 71st minute, even though the home team defended well for the most of the time and overall looked decent on the field. However, Darmstadt remainst at the rock bottom position at the table with only eight points earned so far, which is five less than safely placed Wolfsburg and the team is obviously under pressure, but knowing that they can't afford to hope for much here.
Visitors from Darmstadt are set to play in a bit more defensive 4-4-1-1 formation with Schipplock as striker and Rosenthal behind his back. Right full back Florian Jungwirth is fully fit again and could start in this one. Interim manager Ramon Berndroth has no reason to make many changes. Injured remain central defender Alexander Milosevic (13/0), right/central defender Immanuel Hohn (10/0) and offensive midfielder Denys Oliinyk (3/1).
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Darmstadt's last 3 games (Bundesliga).
Hertha is a favorite here and they'll most likely get the victory, however the team has important absentees in the defense and will most likely attack with caution here. Darmstadt is anyway mostly standing behind the ball and waiting for their rare chances via counters. I definitely see this game being a low scoring one and even a goalless setback from Hertha wouldn't surprise me a lot here.