Record against Hertha
Overall: 76 games. 30 wins, 18 draws, 28 defeats. 102:90 goal difference.
The teams’ meeting earlier this season ended in dramatic fashion. Hertha equalised after 19 minutes after Serhou Guirassy had given VfB an early lead, but Konstantinos Mavropanos’ header in the final minute of stoppage time clinched a 2-1 victory.
In Marc Oliver Kempf, VfB face one of their former captains this weekend. Kempf joined Hertha in January last year after making 96 appearances for Stuttgart across all competitions, in which he scored nine goals and set up a further five.
Three in a row?
VfB boss Sebastian Hoeneß takes on Hertha’s Pal Dardai for the third time in his career. Hoeneß faced Dardai twice during his time as TSG Hoffenheim coach, triumphing 2-1 in 2020/21 and 2-0 the following campaign.
Atakan Karazor is suspended after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season against Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend. Silas is currently on four bookings, as is Hertha’s Jessic Ngankam.
Hoeneß will have to make do without Mavropanos in Berlin after the defender suffered a shin injury against Frankfurt in the DFB Cup.