Pal Dardai’s side struggled for any rhythm and form before the international break and will hope to pick up their first points against Bochum.
Hertha Berlin have lost all three games so far this season and have the worst defensive record in the league. They have conceded ten goals, and have scored just twice.
Bochum have not exactly set the league on fire either, but three points from as many games is a decent enough return for a newly promoted club.
The West Germans have won their only game at home so far against Mainz and will hope to pick up points once again at the Ruhrstadion this Sunday.
Bochum vs Hertha Berlin Head-to-head
The head-to-head battle is even heading into the game. Both teams have won this fixture 19 times, and 12 games have ended as draws.
Hertha have won the previous four meetings between the two teams, the last of which came in 2013 in the 2. Bundesliga.
Bochum form guide: L-W-L
Hertha Berlin form guide: L-L-L
Bochum vs Hertha Berlin Team News
Takuma Asano will only resume training next week and is unavailable for the upcoming clash. Danny Blum’s involvement will be decided later by head coach Thomas Reis. Paul Grave, Maxim Leitsch and Cristan Gamboa are expected to miss out.
Injured: Paul Grave, Cristan Gamboa, Maxim Leitsch
Unavailable: Takuma Asano
Rune Jarstein, Stevan Jovetic, Davie Selke, Marvin Plattenhardt, Marton Dardai and Krzysztof Piatek have been ruled out of the clash. Several of them are first team players, so Hertha will not be at their strongest.
Matheus Cunha has left Hertha for Atletico Madrid, and he too has left a massive hole in the squad. New signing Jurgen Ekkelenkamp might have to wait before he makes his full debut.
Injured: Rune Jarstein, Stevan Jovetic, Davie Selke, Marvin Plattenhardt, Marton Dardai, Krzysztof Piatek
Bochum vs Hertha Berlin Predicted Lineups
Bochum Probable XI (4-3-2-1): Manuel Riemann; Danilo Soares, Armel Bella Kotchap, Vassilios Lampropoulos, Herbert Bockhorn; Robert Tesche, Anthony Losilla, Eduard Löwen; Gerrit Holtmann, Simon Zoller; Sebastian Polter
Hertha Berlin predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Alexander Schwolow; Deyovaisio Zeefuik, Dedryck Boyata, Niklas Stark, Peter Pekarik; Kevin-Prince Boateng, Santiago Ascacibar; Suat Serdar, Myziane Maolida, Marco Richter; Ishak Belfodil
Bochum vs Hertha Berlin Prediction
Bochum’s impressive home support should help them against a side ravaged by injuries to several of their key players. We expect a home win for Bochum.
Score prediction: Bochum 2-1 Hertha Berlin