Preview- Hertha Bsc vs Schalke 26 January 19

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Match Day 19
Hertha BSC vs. Schalke
Saturday, January 26th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Hertha BSC: 
Last five matches form: W L D L W
Average goals per match: 1.61
Average goals against per match: 1.56
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda (7)

Schalke:
Last five matches form: L D L W W
Average goals per match: 1.22
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Daniel Caligiuri (4)

The Bundesliga Match Day 19 action kicks off in Berlin this weekend as seventh placed Hertha Berlin play host to 12th placed Schalke, who won't be hitting last seasons heights now, but do belatedly seem to be discovering some decent form.

Hertha added to Schalke's early season woes when winning the reverse of this fixture 2-0 at the VELTINS-Arena. Schalke did come out on top in this game last season though when winning by that same 2-0 score-line.

Mathew Leckie, Derrick Luckassen, Marius Gersbeck and Julius Kade all miss out for the home side. Schalke will be without, Franco Di Santo, Guido Burgstaller, Weston McKennie and Breel Embolo.

Hertha have only won half of their eight home games this season, but have tasted defeat just the once when losing to RB Leipzig. With just one win in their last five here they will be looking to get their home form up and running again to maintain their push for the European positions.

Schalke's overall improvement has certainly carried over to their away form. Having lost their first three on the road, they head into this game having now lost only one of their past six away fixtures. Having recorded an encouraging win over Wolfsburg last weekend, they are seeking to win a third league game on the spin for the first time this season here.

Not the easiest game to call, but Schalke may just be undone by their injuries to key men here. The loss of both Breel Embolo and Weston McKennie is a significant dent to their attacking impetus and as such we just favour the home side to pick up the points.


Prediction: Hertha BSC 2 - 1 Schalke



Harry85

Half time:  2 - 2
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  5 - 11
Shots on target: 4 - 7
Corner Kicks: 3 - 6
Possession: 46% - 54%

Karim Rekik and Davie Selke were booked for the home side, with referee Felix Brych also taking the name of Sebastian Rudy of Schalke.

All the action in the first half in this one. Ahead in the possession, corners, total shots and shots on target, if there was a side who deserved to win it, it was probably a resurgent Schalke, but in the end they had to settle for a point.

The away side took the lead in the 17th minute, and a fine goal it was too. Yevhen Konoplyanka picking up the ball around twenty-five yards out slightly to the right, turning and rifling a curling, dipping effort into the bottom right.

The equaliser arrived in the 39th minute. Good counter attack from left to right and a superb flicked through ball from Ondrej Duda to play in Marko Grujic. Grujic finishing low into the bottom right from around ten yards.

The away side regained the lead in the 44th minute. Bastian Oczipka playing in a low ball from the right and finding Mark Uth who smashed into the left-hand side from twelve yards.

Schalke couldn't make it into the break with their lead intact though as Hertha equalised for a second time in the fourth minute of first half injury time. Davie Selke found in acres on the right and dinking a cross to the edge of the six-yard box to find a similarly unmarked Vedad Ibisivic to nod into the bottom right.

And following a relatively uneventful second half, that's the way it finished. 2-2 final score.






No change for either side in the Bundesliga standings. Hertha remain seventh and now six points off the Champion's League positions, whilst Schalke stay in twelfth spot but now fully eight points clear of the relegation zone.










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