Both Hertha and Dortmund enter this game after disappointing results in their first match back after the winter break. The hosts missed a chance to move level on points with three of their Europa League-chasing rivals, while Der BVB were held to a goalless draw at home to struggling Wolfsburg.
Where and when: Olympiastadion – 19 January, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Hertha Berlin vs. Borussia Dortmund: BT Sport, Unibet live streaming
Last time: Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nuri Sahin handed Dortmund a 2-0 win at the Westfalenstadion back in August, a result that lifted Die Borussen to the top of the Bundesliga as the early season pacesetters.
Hertha Berlin v Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
It seems like a very long time ago that Dortmund were entertaining ideas of winning the Bundesliga title. A change of manager did spark an upturn in form before the winter break, but Sunday’s draw leaves them 15 points behind Bayern Munich. Hertha meanwhile are in danger of being cut adrift of the sides looking to secure European football for next season.
Die Alte Dame finished sixth last season, but defeat at Stuttgart courtesy of a late Niklas Stark own goal leaves them languishing in the bottom half of the table at present. Victory over Dortmund would be the perfect response in front of their home supporters, and this is priced at 17/5 in the betting.
The visitors meanwhile have a spot in the top four to shore up, with six teams within three points of their fourth place. Head Coach Peter Stoger needs a good run to build some confidence, so the timing of another run-in with star striker Aubameyang is far from ideal.
The Bundesliga’s second highest scorer was left out of the Dortmund squad for the second time this season at the weekend after missing a team meeting, but Stoger has indicated he’ll be welcomed back into the side. Marco Reus is on the road to recovery after knee surgery, but he’s not expected back until next month.
The visitors start Friday’s game as favourites with the bookmakers, and you can get them at 22/25. The draw is priced at 29/10, with a goalless scoreline at 12/1.
One to watch for Hertha: Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has seven league goals to his name so far this season, and will be a threat for the hosts. He’s 17/2 to bag the first goal of the game, and 16/5 to score anytime.
One to watch for Dortmund: Despite constant speculation that he’s on his way out of the club, Aubameyang remains a Dortmund player. He’ll have a point to prove after another disciplinary issue, and he’s evens to score anytime and 3/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: First goal scored between the 76th and 85th minute at 22/1. This bet could come into play if you think there’ll be a lingering rustiness after the winter break. There was only a single goal scored in the games involving these two last weekend, and it came in the 78th minute.