Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund: probable teams, match stats and LIVE blog!
Hertha Berlin’s Olympic Stadium hosts what is expected to be Jude Bellingham’s 95th competitive appearance as a Borussia Dortmund player on Saturday (kick-off: 3.30pm CEST).
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Hertha won the corresponding match last season, but defeat at Dortmund on the final day sent them to a relegation play-off with Hamburg. After winning 2-1 on aggregate to retain their top-flight status for another year, the Old Lady are back in familiar territory – 16th in the table after going winless in their opening three matches of 2022/23 . Marton Dardai is set to replace the suspended Filip Uremovic at the heart of defence, while Marvin Plattenhardt is set to return to left-back after missing the 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt and last weekend’s 1-0 loss to at Borussia Monchengladbach. Former Dortmund midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng – who racked up 61 minutes of Bundesliga action at the start of this last season as a professional – is likely to be among the substitutes.
Dortmund were set to extend their winning start to the new campaign on Matchday 3, until Werder Bremen scored three goals in the final six minutes to inflict a first Bundesliga defeat on Edin Terzic. Changes are expected in the German capital, with the return of Niklas Süle as a second-half substitute against Bremen opening the door to a possible three-man defence. The ubiquitous Bellingham could have a new midfield partner in Salih Özcan or Emre Can after Mo Dahoud dislocated his shoulder, while Karim Adeyemi is in line for a return. The German international striker shrugged off a bruised toe in the 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on the opening weekend. Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Gio Reyna, along with Youssoufa Moukoko and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens – BVB’s matchday two winners against Freiburg – are among Terzic’s plethora of proven alternatives.
Look: Highlights of Hertha’s shock win over Dortmund last season
- Marco Richter could make a comeback after being operated on for a malignant testicular tumour. He scored his last Bundesliga goals against Dortmund in a 3-2 win in December 2021.
- Hertha have won three, drawn two and lost five of their last 10 Bundesliga games at home to BVB.
- The Old Lady are one of eight teams still awaiting a first league win before matchday four.
- Anthony Modeste may not have found the net for Dortmund yet, but he has produced seven goals and one assist in 10 Bundesliga games against Hertha.
- Moukoko became the youngest Bundesliga player ever when he made his debut against them. He scored two of his six top-flight goals against the capital club.
- Can will make his 100th Bundesliga appearance if he steps onto the pitch in Berlin.
Herta: Christensen – Kenny, Dardai, Kempf, Plattenhardt (c) – Tousart, Sunjic, Serdar – Lukebakio, Kanga, Ejuke
Out: Dong-jun Lee (knee), Jarstein (not taken into account), Ngankam (knee), Nsona (cruciate ligament), Uremovic (suspended)
Doubtful: Gechter (flu), Maolida (muscular), Scherhant (muscular)
Coach: Sandro Schwarz
Dortmund: Kobel – Süle, Hummels, Schlotterbeck – Wolf, Bellingham, Özcan, Guerreiro – Adeyemi, Modeste, Reus (c)
Out: Haller (testicular cancer)
Doubtful: Dahoud (shoulder), Malen (muscular), Morey (fitness match)
Coach: Edin Terzic