A decisive relegation six-pointer will take place in Olympiastadion as Hertha Berlin play host to VfB Stuttgart. The two big clubs find themselves again in the relegation dogfight with only four rounds remaining in the season. Hertha climbed out of the drop zone with a win against fellow strugglers Augsburg.
Serdar’s cheeky strike get Hertha out of the red zone
Suat Serdar was scoreless since his brace early in the season against Bochum, but he came up with a vital strike to give the momentum back to Hertha Berlin. The win against Augsburg, who got a breather with a back-to-back win, made Hertha believe in themselves again after the crushing derby defeat.
Although 75,000 is not expected to present on Sunday like in the 4-1 defeat to Union Berlin, Hertha can count on vociferous fans in the battle to avoid the drop against a direct opponent.
Felix Magath made six changes to the side last week, and he’s expected to get to know more about his squad composition with time. So far, Magath has a 50% winning rate in his return to Bundesliga.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 16:30 on Sunday 24th April 2022, and the entire match will be available on Sky Sports.
Stuttgart have to convert draws to three points
Another point on the board for Stuttgart against Mainz last weekend, but the result is considered underwhelming. Mainz is fighting for Europe, but Stuttgart can only be helped with wins until the end of the season.
The sensational home success against Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Augsburg went a long way in Stuttgart building momentum for securing their stay in the Bundesliga for another season.
But they only drew against Arminia Bielefeld and Mainz since those results while a combative display at home against Dortmund wasn’t even enough to add another point to their tally.
Four goals in the reverse fixture
Hertha secured a point in their first game against Stuttgart coming from two goals behind. It was the first game for Tayfun Korkut after he replaced Pal Dardai at the helm. And he started his job in his former ground as Stevan Jovetic netted twice to salvage a point for Hertha Berlin.
Hertha Berlin & VfB Stuttgart Team News
Marco Richter played Serdar for the game’s only goal away at Augsburg. But he picked up a fifth yellow card in his old stomping ground as he’s now suspended. Jovetic is struggling with a torn muscle fibre, and he’s not expected to return to the side on Sunday.
Atakan Karazor and Wataru Endo missed last weekend’s game, but they could return in time from their quarantine to return for the massive game for Stuttgart.
A big step for the winners
A point would have little importance for both sides unless they get it with a late strike that avoided a defeat in a big game for a relegation fight. They will be up for it with a recent set of good results. Hertha will have home advantage, but they lost heavily last time out with Olympiastadion in full force for the first time in two years.
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|Under 2.5 goals||10/11 (1.90)||888Sport|
|Half-time score 0-0||2/1 (3.00)||888Sport|