Foot Predictions shows the Bundesliga clash on Sunday between Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Hertha Berlin to assume RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Sunday, with visitors trying to keep the pressure on Bayern Munich at the top of the table.
Hertha, meanwhile, are out of the relegation zone only due to goal difference, so they are desperate for a win.
After losing four consecutive matches, Hertha began their trip to Stuttgart understandably cautiously, with Sasa Kalajdzic punishing them moments before the half-time break after remaining marginally in play Borna Sosafree kick to go into the first goal.
Yet, Pal Dardai has helped his team remain more competitive in games since he took office last month, Matheus Cunha Desperately unhappy to not match when seeing his delicately sunken finish miraculously removed from the line by back-peddling Waldemar Anton.
Ultimately, he was a 17-year-old Luca Netz who saved a point for Bundesliga fighters by grabbing Sami Khedirapass to be cold Gregor Kobel with only eight minutes left for normal time.
That point was invaluable, as Arminia Bielefeld’s surprising draw against Bayern Munich on Monday night means the two teams are tied with 18 points, so the pressure is well and truly on Dardai to guide his team away from danger in the coming weeks.
Although Arminia’s result in Munich helped Hertha, Julian Nagelsmann he would have been very pleased with that, as he now guarantees Bayern just five points ahead of his team, having played the same number of games.
Hansi FlickThe team’s team will also make a scary trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, so Leipzig may have a chance to bridge that gap even further before the trip to Berlin on Sunday.
Nagelsmann’s team was simply too good for Augsburg during the 2-1 win over Heiko Herrlich’s team last Friday, with goals from Dani Olmo and Christopher Nkunku crowning an accelerated first half before the foot left the accelerator, allowing Daniel Caligiuri to set up a nervous finish.
However, Leipzig suffered a great deal of disappointment with a 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday night, leaving them with a lot of work ahead to overcome the deficit at Anfield next month. For now, the focus should be on hunting the Bavarians at the top of the Bundesliga.
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Hertha seems to be without Jhon Cordoba, Dedryck Boyata, Javairo Dilrosun, Marvin Plattenhardt, Jordan Torunarigha and Nemanja Radonjic due to injury to Leipzig’s visit.
Khedira hopes that his positive impact on his former club last weekend will earn him a start in midfield, with his potentially crucial experience for the Dardai team trying to avoid relegation.
Leipzig, meanwhile, will travel to Berlin without Dominik Szoboszlai, Emil Forsberg and Konrad Laimer due to injury.
Nagelsmann will likely make changes since the midweek defeat to Liverpool, with Yussuf Poulsen, Willi Orban and Ibrahima Konate potentially going back to the initial XI.
Possible initial lineup of Hertha Berlin:
Jarstein; Pekarik, Stark, Alderete, Mittelstadt; Tousart, Khedira, Guendouzi; Lukebakio, Piatek, Wedge
Possible initial lineup of RB Leipzig:
Gulasci; Konate, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Adams, Kampl, Sabitzer, Angelino; Olmo, Nkunku; Poulsen
Probability: Hertha Berlin 1-2 RB Leipzig
We can imagine a tight victory for Leipzig on Sunday, with Hertha probably making things difficult for Nagelsmann’s team.
However, if they manage to undo Cunha’s threat, the visitors should have enough to steal a crucial victory, as they seek to keep the pressure on Bayern.
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