Hertha BSC is hosting Bayer Leverkusen at Olympiastadion in round 11 of the German Bundesliga. Hertha has been on a nice 3-game winning streak, but they broke it last week against Hoffenheim. Leverkusen was struggling for a while there, but they demolished Betis in the Europa League earlier this week, and that will certainly boost their confidence.
With that solid streak, Hertha has climbed the standings a bit, and they are now in 13th place with 12 points, but that is still close to the relegation zone. Offensively, Hertha is not producing much, and they have scored only 11 goals so far this season, while their defense has been even worse with 23 conceded goals in 10 games, which is an average of over 2 conceded goals per game. Klunter and Torunarigha are both injured, while Boyata is suspended because of the red card. Ekkelenkamp, Richter, and Serdar are the leading goalscorers for Hertha with 2 goals each. In their Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim last weekend, Hertha has had 46% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 80% of the correct passes. Hertha has lost this game 2-0 with 2 conceded goals in the first half. Hertha will need a lot more in the attacking end if they want to avoid the pressure at the end of the season, but I’m not sure they have what it takes to do so.
After 5 games without a win, and after losing 3 of those 5 games, Leverkusen was playing against Betis in the Europa League earlier this week, and they have broken their bad streak. Leverkusen has had 44% of all possession in that game, 11 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and 83% of the correct passes. Bayer Leverkusen was leading at halftime, but with a brilliant second half, and 3 scored goals, Leverkusen has won this game 4-0. In Bundesliga, Leverkusen is now in 5th place with 17 points, but they have been scoring a lot this season, 23 goals in total. Schick is the leading goalscorer for Leverkusen with 8 goals, while Diaby added 4 goals, and Wirtz has 4 goals and 5 assists. The bad news is Leverkusen’s injury list, and Schick, Bellarabi, and a few other important players are on the list. I think Leverkusen is happy that there is an international break ahead because it will give them time to recuperate and give their injured players a bit of time to heal.
Leverkusen is still undefeated on the road in Bundesliga this season, and despite having a lot of injuries, they are playing well. Hertha is terrible on both ends, and I just don’t see them winning this match.