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Oct 27, 2018, 04:03 AM Last Edit: Oct 28, 2018, 02:41 AM by Harry85
Match Day 9
Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha Berlin
Saturday, October 27th 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 3.38
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer (7)

Hertha Berlin:
Last five matches form: W L W D D
Average goals per match: 1.63
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda (6)

There may be teams out there playing better than Borussia Dortmund at present, but there certainly can't be many. Next up for Lucien Favre's men is this home game against sixth placed Hertha Berlin.

Dortmund won this game 2-0 last season, with the reverse fixture ending in a 1-1 draw.

The home side do have a significant injury concern ahead of this with seven goal hitman Paco Alcácer struggling to make it on time. Jeremy Toljan and Marcel Schmeizer definitely miss out.

Hertha Berlin couldn't really be said to have the edge on the injury front though with Jordan Torunarigha, Marius Gersbeck, Julius Kade and Marko Grujic all side-lined.

Borussia Dortmund are now unbeaten in their last 15 in all competitions - drawing just twice and have incredibly scored four or more goals in six of their past seven matches, the one match which let them down being when only managing to put three past Monaco. It's not as if they have been doing it against poor sides either. Atlético Madrid had not conceded more than twice in 16 matches prior to their trip here in midweek. Dortmund promptly stuffed them 4-0.

Hertha are playing pretty well themselves at present but are a better side at home. Their only away victory so far this season coming at a struggling Schalke outfit.

With or without Alcácer we can't oppose the home side in this sort of form.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3 - 1 Hertha Berlin


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  11 - 8
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 8 - 1
Possession: 57% - 43%

Achraf Hakimi and Dan Axel Zagadou were booked for the home side, with referee Sascha Stegemann also taking the names of Vedad Ibisevic, Valentino Lazaro and Fabian Lustenberger of Hertha Berlin.

Perhaps missing Alcácer up front, or perhaps slightly feeling the exertions of that midweek win over Atlético Madrid, Borussia weren't quite at their best here. They still very nearly got away with it though, only being denied the three points by a last gasp penalty.

The home side took the lead in the 27th minute. A lightning quick counter finding them in a three against two situation. Mario Goetze drawing the keeper before playing the ball into the path of Jadon Sancho to slot home towards the far post.

Hertha equalised in the 41st minute with a fast break of their own. Maximilian Mittelstadt playing in Salomon Kalou in the right of the area. Kalou controlling on his chest before prodding in via keeper Roman Burki. 1-1 at the break.

The home side regained the lead just after the hour mark. Achraf Hakimi playing the ball into the area where a dummy from Marco Reus fooled the defenders and the keeper and left the ball trickling towards the line. Sancho finishing off from around a yard.

And then in the 91st minute came the clumsy challenge in the area from Dan Axel Zagadou. Kalou stepping up to fire into the top right for his second of the game. 2-2 final score.

Borussia Dortmund remain top of the league, but now have a familiar foe breathing down their necks in second, with a recovering Bayern Munich now just two points adrift. Another solid result for Hertha Berlin who sit in fifth spot.

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