Preview - Nürnberg vs Hertha BSC 20 January 19

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Match Day 18
Nürnberg vs. Hertha BSC
Sunday, January 20th 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Max-Morlock-Stadion

Last five matches form: D L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.82
Average goals against per match: 2.24
Top Scorer: Hanno Behrens, Mikael Ishak, Adam Zrel'ák & Federico Palacios (2)

Hertha BSC:
Last five matches form: W W L D L
Average goals per match: 1.53
Average goals against per match: 1.59
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda (7)

Things have looked desperate for rock bottom Nürnberg for some time now, but the time really is now if they are to have any hope at all of extricating themselves from the Bundesliga relegation zone. The task at hand is to find a way of picking up three points at home against ninth placed Hertha BSC.

Hertha did come out on top in the game between the sides earlier in the season, but only by a narrow 1-0 score-line. The sides played out a 2-2 draw in this game last season.

Dennis Lippert and Robert Bauer are out for the home side. Hertha are more badly affected with Marko Grujic, Javairo Dilrosun, Karim Rekik, Derrick Luckassen, Julius Kade and Marius Gersbeck all out through injury. Mathew Leckie meanwhile is away on international duty.

Nürnberg are now without a win in their past eleven Bundesliga outings and have failed to even score in each of their past four matches. They have won only two of nine at home this season, but picking up points in front of their own fans remains their most likely route to safety.

Hertha aren't in the best run of form themselves with just the two wins in their past eleven. They have won just two of nine on the road, but have at last scored in all bar one of those games.

We fancy this may be pretty tight. With home advantage and being less affected by missing players, Nürnberg may sneak a point in this one.

Prediction: Nürnberg 1 - 1 Hertha BSC


Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  7 - 14
Shots on target: 3 - 9
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 43% - 57%

Three bookings in this one, with referee Guido Winkmann taking the names of Eduard Lowen and Vura of the home side and Ondrej Duda of the visitors.

Hertha may have been away from home and a little injury hit, but they have proved themselves a better side than Nürnberg over the course of the season so far and made that class differential tell here to pick up a fully deserved win on the road.

Nürnberg did start on the front but despite creating a couple of early half chances, they found themselves behind in the  15th minute. Smart 1-2 on the edge of the area between Vedad Ibisevic and Davie Selkie carving open the home defence and affording Ibisevic time to pick his spot into the bottom right corner from just inside the area.

The home side did make it into the break on level terms though, thanks to an equaliser in the 42nd minute. The ball breaking to Eduard Lowen in the left corner of the box following a corner, and whilst his smashed low effort was going wide, there was Hanno Behrens in the right place at the the right time to convert from close range. 1-1 at the interval.

Hertha regained the lead in the 50th minute. Ibisevic cleverly flicking a pass back into the path of Andrej Duda arriving in the area and Duda finishing into the right-hand side.

Duda then just about made sure of the points when grabbing his second of the game in the 70th minute. A ball in from the left again finding Selkie just outside the box, his pass making its way through the legs of a defender and straight to Duda around twelve yards out to the right. No mistake from the forward to beat the keeper to the right-hand side. 1-3 final score.

No respite for Nürnberg who remain rock bottom in the standings and four points off safety. Hertha get back on track following a winless run of three games and move up to seventh, only a point off the top six and four points adrift of the Champion's League positions.

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