Hertha Berlin will look to get back to winning ways when they host VfB Stuttgart at the Olympiastadion Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Pal Dardai’s team have gone off the boil in recent weeks, resulting in the gaffer deciding to step down at the end of the season. Thus, the Old Lady will look to pick up a few wins in the final games of the season and allow the manager to leave on a high.
Hertha are currently 11th in the Bundesliga table, with 37 points from 31 games. They are 3 points behind Fortuna Dusseldorf in 10th and a point ahead of Mainz in 12th. Thus, Dardai’s side do not have much to play for, but to end the season on a positive note.
On the other hand, Stuttgart are in a completely different scenario. The visitors are currently 16th in the league table, in the relegation playoff spot. They are 6 points behind Schalke with just three games to go.
Further, Nurnberg are 5 points behind them, and Stuttgart will hope Nico Willig’s appointment will help them stay in the playoff spot to increase their chances of survival.
In terms of team news, right-back Lukas Klunter is suspended for the home side while central midfielder Marko Grujic returns after a one-game suspension. Meanwhile, Hertha will be without Arne Maier, Palko Dardai, Niklas Stark, Thomas Kraft and Vladimir Darida for the match.
Coming to their visitors, Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner is likely to return, a massive boost for the side. However, Steven Zuber and Santiago Ascacibar are expected to be out for the match.
In terms of form, both teams are in bad ones at the moment. Hertha have failed to score in their last three league games and are winless in their previous seven matches in the Bundesliga. However, the Old Lady have won each of their last three home matches against Stuttgart in all competitions.
Die Roten have lost 8 of their last 9 Bundesliga matches and have conceded over three goals in 5 of the previous six league matches.
Hertha Berlin vs VFB Stuttgart Prediction
Both teams offer the other a perfect opportunity to rediscover their mojo with Stuttgart having more at stake than the hosts. However, Hertha did hold high-flying Eintracht Frankfurt to a 0-0 draw in the previous game and will look to break their goal drought in this game.
In the end, this should be a close game with Hertha taking all 3 points while finding their goal-scoring rhythm again.
Predicted Hertha XI: Jarstein; Rekik, Lustenberger, Torunarigha; Lazaro, Skjelbred, Grujic, Plattenhardt; Duda; Ibisevic, Kalou
Predicted Stuttgart XI: Zieler; Pavard, Kabak, Kempf, Sosa; Beck (c), Castro, Aogo; Didavi; Donis, Gonzalez
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