Preview - Hertha BSC vs Wolfsburg 02 February 19

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Match Day 20
Hertha BSC vs. Wolfsburg
Saturday, February 2nd 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Olympiastadion

Hertha BSC: 
Last five matches form: L D L W D
Average goals per match: 1.63
Average goals against per match: 1.58
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda (9)

Last five matches form: W W W L L
Average goals against per match: 1.47
Average goals against per match: 1.42
Top Scorer: Wout Weghorst (6)

Two sides just on the precipice of breaking into the European positions do battle on Match Day 20 in the Bundesliga as seventh placed Hertha BSC play host to Wolfsburg who currently reside in eighth spot. Locked together on 28 points and with an identical goal difference, a win for either side would be a big result in the chase for the top six.

There was nothing to split the sides in the game in Wolfsburg earlier in the campaign which finished up 2-2. The game here last season ended in a goalless draw.

Javairo Dilorosun, Mathew Leckie, Derick Luckassen, Marius Gersbeck and Julius Kade are all out injured for the hosts. Ignacio Camacho, Daniel Ginczek and Ismail Azzaoui are out for Wolfsburg.

Hertha aren't in the best of form at the minute, with their only win in their past five coming against lowly N├╝rnberg. They have been held to a draw in four of their last six here at home, with the only win coming over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Following an impressive run of five wins in six, Wolfsburg are now looking to avoid a third successive loss having been edged out away at Schalke and stuffed at home by RB Leipzig. They have been pretty good on the road though in winning five of nine.

Wolfsburg appear in the better form overall, are well set up to play on the road and may just nick this.

Prediction: Hertha BSC 1 - 2 Wolfsburg


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  6 - 5
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 3 - 7
Possession: 49% - 51%

Three bookings for the home side, with Valentino Lazaro, Vladimir Darida and Davie Selke making their way into referee Bastian Dankert's notebook. Renato Steffen was booked for Wolfsburg.

This was as evenly contested as expected with Hertha perhaps narrowly edging it in terms of general play. They couldn't find a way through in the end though and one goal was all it took for Wolfsburg to continue their run of excellent recent results.

Wolfsburg came mightily close to taking the lead in the 18th minute. Hertha keeper Run Jarstein doing really well to produce a double save from Jerome Roussillon, tipping the second effort onto the top of the crossbar.

Hertha then seemed certain to take the lead in the 23rd minute, when a free kick from out on the right evaded everyone bar Karim Rekik at the far post. Rekik looked to have an open goal to finish into, but his touch took him wide and he could only head onto the bar. 0-0 at the break.

What turned out to be the only goal of the game arrived in the 65th minute. Nice incisive passing around the edge of the area from Wolfsburg seeing Roussillon played in on the left-hand side of the box. His low centre being met by Wout Weghorst towards the near post and around six yards out. Wolfsburg's top scorer finishing across the keeper and in to the right-hand side.

Another fine double save, this time from Wolfsburg keeper Koe Casteels, ensured that the away side took the points.

Big result for Wolfsburg, propelling them all the way up to sixth spot and into the Europa League qualifying positions. Disappointing for Hertha who - with other results not going their way - drop down to ninth.

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