Tim Walter’s side were perhaps lucky to score the only goal of the game as a Ludovit Reis’ cross turned into an unsavable shot in the first leg.
Overall, though, Hamburg perhaps deserved the win as they had the better stats in the game. They created more openings, had more shots, and completed more passes than Hertha.
Hertha Berlin’s poor run of form continued with the loss, and heading into the second leg, they are perhaps underdogs as Hamburg have now won five in a row.
Hamburg vs Hertha Berlin Head-to-head
Hertha Berlin have won this fixture just three more times than Hamburg. While Hamburg have 32 wins, Hertha have won it 35 times, so there’s not much in it.
Even a draw would suit Hamburg, who just need to avoid a loss to earn promotion to the Bundesliga.
Hamburg form guide: W-W-W-W-W
Hertha Berlin form guide: W-D-L-L-L
Hamburg vs Hertha Berlin Team News
Hamburg will still be without the duo of Tim Leibold and Anssi Suhonen. They missed the first leg as well. There are no new injury concerns for Walter.
Injured: Tim Leibold, Anssi Suhonen
Kelian Nsona, Rune Jarstein and Alexander Schwolow are not expected to feature, while Marcel Lotka is also doubtful. The custodian did not even make it to the bench against Hamburg in the previous game.
Marton Dardai and Davie Selke are also doubtful. Ishak Belfodil came off late in the game, but is expected to feature.
Injured: Kelian Nsona, Rune Jarstein, Alexander Schwolow
Doubtful: Marcel Lotka, Marton Dardai, Davie Selke
Suspended: Santiago Ascacibar
Hamburg vs Hertha Berlin Predicted Lineups
Hamburg Probable XI (4-3-3): Daniel Heuer Fernandes; Moritz Heyer, Bastian Schonlau, Mario Vuskovic, Miro Muheim; Jonas Meffert, Ludovit Reis, Maximilian Rohr; Sonny Kittel, Bakery Jatta, Robert Glatzel
Hertha Berlin Probable XI (4-4-2): Oliver Christensen; Marvin Plattenhardt, Dedryck Boyata, Marc-Oliver Kempf, Peter Pekarik; Lucas Tousart, Niklas Stark, Marco Richter, Maximilian Mittelstadt; Stevan Jovetic, Ishak Belfodil
Hamburg vs Hertha Berlin Prediction
Hamburg were the better team on the night in Berlin, and we expect them to once again control the majority of the game at home on Monday.
Hertha have some capable players, but it just has not happened for them this season. Their big players will need to step up, but we don’t see them winning this game.
Prediction: Hamburg 1-1 Hertha Berlin
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