Bayer Leverkusen vs Hertha Berlin: Preview, Prediction, Team News, Lineups
The home side will be looking to take their revenge against their opponents after they were beaten at the Olympic Stadium earlier in the season.
Bayer Leverkusen will host Hertha Berlin to the Bay Arena in this weekend’s German Bundesliga match. Leverkusen are welcoming Hertha off the back of a 4-2 win against Werder Bremen in the German Cup quarter-final.
Max Kruse’s penalty and a goal from Aron Johansson early in the first half meant Bayer needed two goals from Julian Brandt in either half to force extra time. Karim Bellarabi and Kai Havertz scored one each in extra time to ensure safe passage to the semi-finals of the competition. Leverkusen’s last match in the Bundesliga was a goalless draw away at SC Freiburg.
Hertha Berlin were held to a 1-1 draw at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin by Hoffenheim. Andrej Kramaric opened the scoring for the away side, but the home side came back through a Salomon Kalou goal in the second half to ensure the away side left with just the single point.
Leverkusen are second in the league table with 35 points, level on points with RB Leipzig and a point above Dortmund and Schalke in 4th and 5th positions respectively.
Hertha Berlina are 11th in the German Bundesliga with 27 points so far in the season. They are a point behind 10th place Hannover and two points above 12th place SC Freiburg on the table.
The two teams have faced off against each other 43 before this match. Bayer Leverkusen have won 22 of these meetings while Hertha Berlin have won 11 times while facing their opponents for the match day.
There have been 11 draws between the two sides. The last time these two teams met was earlier in the season at the Olympic Stadium. Hertha won the match 2-1 thanks to goals from Mathew Leckie and Salomon Kalou in the first half. Julian Brandt got a goal for the away side in the second half, but it only turned out to be a consolation.
The home side do not have significant injury problems for this fixture. The only absentee for Heiko Herrlich is defensive midfielder Lars Bender as the German has pulled his hamstring and the 28-year-old is not fit enough to feature in this match.
Winger Palko Dardai has back trouble and will miss this match. Centre-back Karim Rekik has muscle injury and will not be available for this game.
Midfielders Julius Kade with ligament problems and Ondrej Duda with a calf injury are both set to miss out on this match.
Striker Julian Schieber has muscle problems and will not feature in this match for the away team. Winger Sinan Kurt is also not available for this game.
Striker Vedad Ibisevic and left-back Marvin Plattenhardt both have accumulated four yellow cards so far in the season and will miss the next match if they are booked in this game.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Hertha Berlin Lineup ( Predicted XI )
Bayer Leverkusen Lineup ( 4-3-3 )
Goalkeeper: Leno (GK)
Defenders: Wendell (LB) S. Bender (LCB) Tah (RCB) Retsos (RB)
Midfielders: Aranguiz (LM) Havertz (CM) Kohr (RM)
Hertha Berlin Lineup ( 4-5-1 )
Goalkeeper: Kraft (GK)
Defenders: Plattenhardt (LB) Torunarigha (LCB) Stark (RCB) Pekarik(RB)
Midfielders: Kalou (LM) Skjelbred (LCM) Lazaro (CM) Darida (RCM) Esswein (RM)
Leverkusen vs Hertha Berlin Prediction
Bayer Leverkusen are in fine form, and they are the favorites coming into this match. The home side will be looking to take their revenge against their opponents after they were beaten at the Olympic Stadium earlier in the season.
Hertha Berlin are not in a great run of form as they have only won once in the last five matches. It is a tough match to call, but the home side look strong and have most of their players fit and available.
So, Prediction for this match is a 3-1 win for Bayer Leverkusen.