When Bayern Munich hosts Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday, they will seek to avenge their loss to Mainz 05 last weekend.
It’s been a dominant decade for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. The club has won the league title every season since the 2012-13 campaign. However, this year, their streak is in jeopardy.
Last weekend, Bayern was knocked off the top spot by Borussia Dortmund after Thomas Tuchel’s team surprisingly let a one-goal lead slip away to Mainz.
Tuchel had just replaced Julian Nagelsmann during the recent international break and had started strong, winning his first game in charge against Dortmund in Der Klassiker.
It looked like he would help maintain Bayern’s assault on three competitions, but the team has since crashed out of the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League and has fallen back to second place after a disastrous seven-game spell.
However, VfL Bochum’s draw against Dortmund on Friday evening has allowed Bayern to reclaim their destiny and regain the top spot.
Bayern Bundesliga Form: L W W D L
Hertha Berlin’s recent form has been dismal, as they’ve only managed to collect two points from their last seven matches, resulting in them sitting at the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
The team’s 5-2 loss against Schalke 04, who are also facing relegation, proved to be the last straw for Sandro Schwarz, leading to his dismissal. He was replaced by Pal Dardai, who returned to manage the club for the third time ahead of their home game against Werder Bremen.
As the new manager, Dardai will be focused on boosting the team’s morale and preventing them from losing hope.
Two critical fixtures remain for Hertha Berlin, both of which are home games against fellow relegation strugglers Stuttgart and Bochum, providing them with a significant opportunity to turn their season around.
Hertha Berlin Bundesliga Form: L D L L L
Bayern Munich’s injury concerns continue as they will be without Lucas Hernandez and Manuel Neuer for the remainder of the season due to season-ending injuries.
Additionally, Eric Choupo-Moting and Alphonso Davies are facing a race against time to recover from knee and thigh injuries, respectively.
Suat Serdar and Marc Oliver Kempf both serve one-match suspensions after receiving yellow cards during their team’s recent defeat to Werder Bremen.
On the other hand, the club has injury concerns regarding several players, including Marco Richter, Marton Dardai, Stevan Jovetic, and Kelian Nsona, who all doubt due to their respective injuries.
Bayern Munich’s expected starting lineup:
Sommer; Pavard, Upamecano, De Ligt, Cancelo; Kimmich, Musiala; Sane, Muller, Coman; Mane
Hertha Berlin’s expected starting lineup:
Christensen; Pekarik, Rogel, Uremovic, Plattenhardt; Tousart, Cigerci; Lukebakio, Boateng, Richter; Ngankam
Head to Head
Bayern Munich has a history of dominant performances against Hertha Berlin, having won 32 out of the last 47 matches between the two teams. At the same time, Hertha Berlin has managed just 11 victories during this period.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Sunday, April 30
Time: 01:30 pm, UTC
Venue: Allianz Arena Stadium, Munich
Bayern Munich will be highly motivated to prove a point following their recent disappointments in all three competitions they were competing in. With their hopes of winning DFB Pokal & UCL dashed, the team will be desperate to avoid ending the season without trophies and return to winning.