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Dec 09, 2018, 01:06 AM Last Edit: Dec 09, 2018, 01:09 AM by Harry85
Match Day 14
Hertha Berlin vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Sunday, December 9th 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Olympiastadion

Hertha Berlin: 
Last five matches form: D L L D W
Average goals per match: 1.62
Average goals against per match: 1.54
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda & Vedad Ibišević (6)

Eintracht Frankfurt:
Last five matches form: D W W W L
Average goals per match: 2.31
Average goals against per match: 1.23
Top Scorer: Luka Jović (10)

Eintracht Frankfurt are just about hanging on to the coattails of the sides in the Champions League positions headed into Match Day 14 in the Bundesliga. Next up for fifth placed Frankfurt is this trip to Berlin to take on Hertha who themselves aren't a million miles away, lying down in eighth but only five points off the top four.

It was honours even between these two sides last season, with Eintracht winning this game 2-1 and Hertha coming out on top 3-0 in the reverse fixture.

Both sides are wracked by injuries headed into this game. Hertha must do without Javaito Dilrosun, Niklas Stark, Karim Rekik, Derrick Luckasen, Lukas Klünter, Marius Gersbeck and Julius Kade. Lucas Torró, David Abraham, Alan Souza, Timothy Chandler and Gonçalo Paciência are all missing for Eintracht.

Hertha's recent home form hasn't been great with draws against Freiburg and Hoffenheim sandwiching a heavy defeat by RB Leipzig. They have at least scored in eight of their past nine here though and are unlikely to make it easy for their higher ranked opponents.

Eintracht have been pretty good on the road this term, wining four of seven, with the only defeats coming against table toppers Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach. They have scored in each of their past seven, including three in each of their past two.

If there is a side amongst these two who appear to be legitimate top four challengers at present, for us it is Eintracht Frankfurt. We see the away side doing enough to pick up the points in this one.

Prediction: Hertha Berlin 1 - 2 Eintracht Frankfurt


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 5 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 5 - 9
Possession: 42% - 58%

Just the one booking in this one with referee Daniel Schlager taking the name of Davie Selke of the home side.

Eintracht Frankfurt will likely feel a little aggrieved to have come away with nothing from this game having come out ahead on possession, corners, total shots and shots on target. Points aren't dished out for coming out ahead on the stats though, and a failure to convert any of their chances ultimately cost them dear here as Hertha battled to the win.

It had been a fairy evenly poised contest in the first half at the Olympiastadion, with both sides having around a half dozen efforts on goal prior to the deadlock being broken in the 40th minute.

It was the home side who took the lead. Marvin Plattenhardt swinging in the corner to find Marko Grujic in the centre of the area to head home into the bottom left corner. 1-0 at the break.

It was backs against the wall stuff for much of the second half for Hertha Berlin as Eintracht Frankfurt took the game by the scruff of the neck in their search for an equaliser. Despite ten efforts on goal to just one for the home team after the break though and a spate of substitutions in an attempt to alter the course of the game, Eintracht were simply unable to find a way through as the home side held on for the win.

Really big win for Hertha Berlin this one, moving them all the way up to sixth in the table, level on points with fifth placed Eintracht Frankfurt and only two points off the Champions League positions.

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