With the title presumably gone for another year, Borussia Dortmund will only hope to finish the season in the strongest possible form, but with challengers Hertha Berlin having impressed of late could come unstuck here.
Date: Saturday, June 6th
Kickoff: 18: 30 pm
Venue: Signal Iduna Park
Dortmund put up a five star performance when entertaining Paderborn last Sunday, Jadon Sancho grabbing the headlines with a treble in the 6-1 whitewash of the league’s rock-bottom side.
Granted Paderborn presented somewhat of a mismatch going up against their illustrious visitors, but still can only beat what is in front of you. The comprehensive victory took their win tally in the division to 18 for the season, three shy of leaders Bayern Munich.
Significantly, Hertha Berlin have turned a corner since the resstart, picking up ten out of a possible 12 points from their four games.
After failing to win any of their last three preceding the break, they have won thrice since, coming into this one off the back of a 2-0 win against Augsburg.
Could we see them continue the fairy tale run and unlikey upstage the Borussia giants, or will Sancho and Co. run roughshod and complete a league double over them for the first time since the 2004/2005 season?
Erling Haaland hobbled off with
a minor knee injury against Bayern and remains a minor doubt after missing the Paderborn game.
Mats Hummels will play no part here, after picking up his fifth booking of the season last time out.
Mahmoud Dahoud picked up a season-ending injury in the loss to Bayern while Nico Schulz and Marco Reus are still doubts.
Hertha could remain unchanged from the Augsburg victory, with Karim Rekik and Niklas Stark having both returned to training from muscle injuries to add an extra boost.
Maximilian Mittelstädt is struggling with a thigh injury while Marvin Plattenhardt who suffered a minor concussion will be assessed closer to kick-off.
Marius Wolf and Santiago Ascacibar are both dogged with foot injuries.
Head to Head
In 69 previous meetings between these two sides, Dortmund have an upper hand advantage with 31 wins to Hertha Berlin’s 19. 19 games have been drawn.
Dortmund’s last five games in all competitions: WWWLW
Hertha Berlin’s last five games in all competitions: DWWDW
Hertha Berlin’s exploits recently makes it a bit tricky backing Dortmund for an outright victory here, but one expects goals to be a surety here. Hertha Berlin have scored at least 2 goals in their last six league matches while their opposition were at their rampant best away at Paderborn last time.
Over 3.5 is 1/1 on that front, or you can as well pick Dortmund to win (29/20) on the Both Team to Score/Match Result market, bearing in mind that Dortmund are unbeaten in in 11 of their last 12 matches against Hertha Berlin in all competitions.
Jadon Sancho turned on the style with a hat trick last time and is one player very likely to prove efficient in unlocking the Hertha defence. For the goalscorer angle, he is 3/1 to strike first here and could be a clever yet value punt to take.