Olympiastadion Berlin will host Friday’s football game between Hertha and Schalke 04. These two teams have different ambitions in the second half of the season. Hertha aim to secure yet another Bundesliga survival, while Schalke 04 are eyeing a place in European competitions.
The capital club quickly bounced back from a massive 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munchen, with the team beating Wolfsburg 2-1 on the road at the weekend, but the game against dying Knappen will be easy for the hosts. On the other hand, Schalke aim to make amends for a 5-0 loss to Robert Lewandowski and Co. However, away win should not be considerable as die Knappen are on a three-game winless run on the road in the German elite division. In their last meeting in Berlin, the two teams played out a 2-2 draw.
Four losses from the last six H2Hs won’t inspire Hertha Berlin as they face Schalke 04 (W1, D1), yet they did win 2-1 final round to mark the fourth time this Bundesliga season in which they collected points after conceding first.
Though gaining some momentum, the hosts possess one of the division’s worst home attacks (1.22 goals scored on average per game) and have picked up only ten of their 22 points at home (W3, D1, L5). Furthermore, the last four home league games that Hertha failed to keep a clean sheet saw them concede at least two goals in succession.
Schalke suffered their most significant loss of the season as they were hammered 5-0 at Bayern Munich last time out, which was their fourth league game this term that separated the sides by more than 2.5 goals. They have scored first goals in seven of their last nine league games, though, but lost the two in which they failed to do so.
Away from home, the visitors are winless in three (D1, L2), and notably failed to score before half-time in all three.
Stat Attack and Players to Watch
Herta Berlin: Dodi Lukebakio scored the winner for Hertha last weekend. His other four league goals this term came as Hertha’s first goalscorer.
Schalke: Suat Serdar is Schalke’s top league scorer with seven goals – five came during the second half, and three after the 60th minute.
Hertha’s last four home league games witnessed at least one goalless half.
All four of Schalke’s away league wins this season saw them score in both halves. On the other hand, Each of Schalke’s last three Bundesliga road trips saw an even number of yellow cards.