After weeks of no action, Hertha Berlin continues their bid for survival this week against European spot searching Freiburg. The match schedules for Thursday at the Olympiastadion, with kickoff at 7:30 pm.
After three weeks on hold after a coronavirus outbreak in April with a 1-1 draw to Mainz, the hosts returned to field training. On the other hand, the visitors head into the clash on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw to Mainz.
The week started on a low note, with the supervisory board sacking ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann for derogatory, racist remarks. The racist remarks sent through a Whatsapp message were directed towards Sky Germany pundit Dennis Aogo.
However, Hertha returns to field action on the back of a good form, including a seven unbeaten streak since their no-action in April. A share of spoils against Mainz was a good sign of optimism for the side intense on climbing above the automatic relegation spaces. However, the relegation of Schalke is a true revelation of how the high and might fall.
In contrast, their visitors enjoyed a week rest with the DFB-Pokal semi-final stage. Christian Streich’s last match was a 1-1 draw to Hoffenheim back on April 24.
Additionally, the side remains five points behind seventh-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, who qualify for the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League. However, a win this week pushes their bid for a European spot.
Hertha Berlin vs. Freiburg Head to Head
Both sides have 17 games against each other, with Hertha Berlin taking three wins while Freiburg with seven wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Mainz 1-1 Hertha Berlin
- Hertha 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
- Union Berlin 1-1 Hertha Berlin
- Hertha 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen
- Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hertha
- Freiburg 1-1 Hoffenheim
- Freiburg 4-0 Schalke
- Arminia Bielefeld 1-0 Freiburg
- M’gladbach 2-1 Freiburg
- Freiburg 2-0 Augsburg
Hertha Berlin Team News
The Covid-19 outbreak took away some players, with Marvin Plattenhardt, Dodi Lukebakio and Rune Jarstein unavailable. However, there are minimal changes to the starting XI, with Cunha and Jhon Cordoba leading the attack again. Luca Netz and Eduard Lowen remain out for the rest of the season with ankle and muscle injuries.
Freiburg Team News
The best bet for the home side of having no known injury or suspension issues to contend with ahead of the clash. Lucas Holer and Ermedin Demirovic might have to compete for the lead the line again.
Prediction and Odds
It is easy to see a share of spoils for both sides, given their current state of the campaign and upcoming fixtures.
- Correct Score: 1-1
- Goals Under 3.5