Hertha vs Leverkusen by Gustav
Hertha didn't have much of problems getting a victory last time out, as the team celebrated three pointer away to Darmstadt with a 0:2 result. It wasn't that difficult match against a side that already relegated, since the players from Berlin took the double lead already inside first thirty minutes, via Kalou in 14th and Torunarigha in 28th minute.
Once they took the double lead, they let the ball possession to the home team, that looked generally clueless with the ball to their feet and a victory for Hertha was never in doubt. After this three pointer, the side climbed up to fifth position and need to keep it in order to secure the group stage of Europa League, as they have sixth placed Freiburg just a point below them, with Koln being three points below.
Forward Julian Schieber (18/3) is out with knee injury, while doubtful are talented forward Sinan Kurt (2/0) and midfielder Fabian Lustenberger (19/0) due illness. Left back Maximilian Mittelstadt (12/0) left the team traveling to Korea for U20 championship.
Leverkusen, on the other side, comes from yet another unimpressive performance, as the team took a point in a 2:2 draw at home against Koln last weekend. Even though it's a point only, they could be satisfied with it, since the players of Koln had the double lead and looked more pretty well till last thirty minutes of the game.
Visitors took the lead in fourteenth minute via Jojic, while Klunter doubled it up in 49th minute, both times somehow against the flow of the match, since the players of Leverkusen were creating chances and kept the ball more. However, their pressure has increased in last thirty minutes and they deservedly took a point thanks to goals from Kiessling and Pohjanpalo. The side is now at 12th position, without relegating worries ahead of last round.
Offensive midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu (15/6) remains suspended, while injured are midfielder Lars Bender (9/0) and forward Kevin Volland (23/6). Defender Omar Toprak (25/1) and midfielder Vladlen Yurchenko (3/0) may not be risked here coming from injuries recently.
Hertha needs to get a victory here in order to secure the group stage of the Europa League, which would be very important for them since the team avoids earlier preparations and qualifying stages. Against Leverkusen that didn't impress for a long time and with a lack of motive in this one, I definitely see more motivated home side prevailing here easy or hard.