Preview - Hertha Berlin vs Rasenballsport Leipzig 04 November 18

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Match Day 10
Hertha Berlin vs. Rasenballsport Leipzig
Sunday, November 4th 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Olympiastadion

Hertha Berlin: 
Last five matches form: L W D D D
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 1.11
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda (6)

Rasenballsport Leipzig:
Last five matches form: W W W D D
Average goals per match: 1.78
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Yussuf Poulsen & Timo Werner (4)

We have a big game at the Olympiastadion on Match Day 10 in the Bundesliga as seventh placed Hertha Berlin play host to sixth place RB Leipzig.

Level on points after nine games, these two sides have an almost identical record so far this season, with Leipzig above their hosts courtesy of scoring one more goal and conceding one goal fewer.

Both sides have been on a remarkably consistent run of form of late. Hertha losing just once in their past 16, and Leipzig just once in their last 13.

Hertha Berlin may well have revenge on their minds here with Leipzig having embarrassed them in front of their own fans when winning this game 6-2 last season. Hertha won the reverse game 3-2.

Marko Grujic, Marius Gersbeck and Julius Kade are out for the home side. Leipzig look to have a fully fit squad from which to select.

One of the most impressive aspects of Leipzig's recent run is the fact that they have now not conceded a goal in five consecutive games in all competitions. That type of defensive solidity is the ideal foundation for a side who are well built to hit sides on the break.

Hertha will arrive at this game full of confidence though having held Dortmund to a draw away from home last time out.

This really could go either way and overall we cant split them. Score draw.

Prediction: Hertha Berlin 1 - 1 Rasenballsport Leipzig


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots:  7 - 18
Shots on target: 4 - 10
Corner Kicks: 3 - 7
Possession: 46% - 54%

Vedad Ibisevic and Mathew Leckie were boked for the home side in this one, with referee Deniz Aytekin also taking the name of Marcel Sabitzer of Leipzig.

Impressive stuff from Leipzig here in what may very well have been their performance of the season to date. Utterly dominant against what is a decent Hertha Berlin outfit, they got in front very early and never for a second looked like letting it slip.

The opening goal of the game came in just the seventh minute. A lofted ball towards the back post being headed back across goal by Willi Orban. Timo Werner seeing his headed effort saved and something of a scramble ensuing. Werner finally finishing with his thigh from close range.

Hertha did push forward in search of an equaliser and forced a couple of decent stops from Peter Gulacis. Leipzig were looking incredibly dangerous on the counter though and doubled their advantage in the 53rd minute. The impressive Bruma playing in Werner in the left-hand side of the box and Werner dinking over the outrushing Rune Jarstein and into the bottom left.

Any doubt as to the destination of the points here was dispelled in the 75th minute. Matheus Cunha bringing the ball down on his chest around 25 yards from goal, cutting inside his marker and curling a beauty into the top left corner for the goal of the game.

Leipzig missed enough chances that this could easily have been six or seven on the night. 0-3 final score though.

Leipzig move up into fourth spot and the Champions League positions on the back of this big win on the road. Hertha Berlin slip down to eighth.

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