Hertha vs Gladbach by Gustav
Hertha is doing pretty fine into the new season, but the team suffered 1:0 defeat last weekend against Hoffenheim and now needs to respond with much better performance and surely, a more positive outcome. It shouldn't be that difficult for them, since the team is known for way better displays in front of own fans, while they await one of the under performers on the road - Gladbach.
That defeat in Hoffenheim broke a streak of five undefeated matches for Hertha, but it must be said that they were outplayed this time - hosts were simply much more active on the field, have kept the ball more to their feet and in the end, simply created more chances and were more dangerous. After this defeat, Hertha slipped to fifth position and all eyes are set on getting back into the top four and Champions league positions.
Defensive midfielder Fabian Lustenberger returns from injury and ill most likely start here. Injured remain midfielder Vladimir Darida (3/1), central defender Sebastian Langkamp (8/0) and offensive midfielder Valentin Stocker (5/2), plus couple more that didn't play this season.
Gladbach is not having the season they wanted, at least not so far. After nine rounds played in Bundesliga, the team has three victories, three draws and three defeats, which puts them only at very mediocre eleventh position - already six points below Champions League placed Koln.
There is simply way too many ups and downs in their performances and with the fact that the team managed to get only a point out of four matches away from home, they anyway can't expect for a better placement. Last weekend the team took a point in a home goalless game against Eintracht Frankfurt in quite a boring game, where neither of the teams actually looked like attacking. Josip Drmic, Alvaro Dominguez, Mamadou Doucoure and Marvin Schulz continue to miss from the first game this season. Central defender Andreas Christensen (7/0) is also injured, while doubtful for the game remains offensive midfielder Ibrahima Traore (6/0).
Despite a defeat in previous round, I'm sure that Hertha is in a better momentum here and even though a draw can't be excluded from this game, I give much of advantage to the home team. They might not win, but it would be simply too much for Gladbach to take the three pointer in Berlin for the third consecutive time.