Hertha Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 18 May 2019
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
Hertha sit 10th in the table, cannot finish higher than that regardless of what happens this weekend, and on the other hand, cannot drop lower than 12th. In other words, points are not really their motive in this game; please the fans, is. Plus, this is Pal Dardai’s last game in charge. After four and a half years, he is on his way out, and will be succeeded by Ante Covic. Another important figure for whom this game is a “goodbye” to Hertha’s fans is defender Fabian Lustenberger. Imagine playing your last game for a team where you’ve spent not… two-three, but 12 whole years… That’s Lustenberger this weekend. Dardai is expected to have Kraft, Klünter, Lustenberger, Rekik, Plattenhardt, Skjelbred, Grujic, Lazaro, Duda, Kalou and Ibisevic in the starting lineup. Dardai, Darida, Jarstein, Leckie, Maier and Stark, all six are out, injured. The day before the game, Luckassen was doubtful.
Unlike Hertha who have only their… pride to play for, Bayer Leverkusen have much-much more; they sit 5th in the table, level on points with 4th-placed Gladbach, and one point ahead of 6th-placed Eintracht Frankfurt. Gladbach have a better goal difference than them, this is why they sit below them in the table, but, if they win this and Gladbach draw with Dortmund at home, it’s Leverkusen that finish fourth and play Champions League football next season. If both teams win, Leverkusen can still finish fourth, as long as their win is two goals bigger than that of Gladbach. If, for example, Gladbach win 1-0, and Leverkusen win 3-0, it’s Bayer who finish fourth, level on points, level on goal difference as well, but having scored several more goals than Gladbach all season. If they don’t win, they have Eintracht to worry about as well. They should start with Hradecky, L. Bender, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell, Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger, Brandt, Havertz and Alario. They have Bellarabi and Pohjanpalo out, while Bailey was doubtful the day before the game.
Previous five matches:
Augsburg vs Hertha Berlin 3-4
Hertha Berlin vs Stuttgart 3-1
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hertha Berlin 0-0
Hertha Berlin vs Hannover 0-0
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin 2-0
Bayer Leverkusen vs Schalke 1-1
Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1
Augsburg vs Bayer Leverkusen 1-4
Bayer Leverkusen vs Nurnberg 2-0
Stuttgart vs Bayer Leverkusen 0-1
Hertha are facing Minnesota United in a friendly game on Wednesday. This is the last game of the season for Leverkusen.
Hertha Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Hertha and three for Leverkusen in the last five games between these two in Berlin.
Hertha Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
Leverkusen are considered big favorites to win the game. After seeing them shoot their own foot last weekend, at home, against Schalke, I would not bet on their victory.
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