Hertha preview: Eagles hoping to get back on track
After three Bundesliga defeats on the spin, Eintracht are looking to return to winning ways at home to Hertha Berlin – and put an end to some other negative runs.
Almost six years have passed since the Eagles last beat Hertha on home soil. Alex Meier scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory during the 2013/14 season.
Monday’s unfortunate 2-1 reverse at Mainz – when Eintracht played the entire second half with ten men – made it three consecutive defeats in the Bundesliga, so three points are the target for Adi Hütter’s side on Friday. The visitors from the capital have been on an even more barren run, going six league games without victory and losing all of the last five.
Eintracht have a positive home record against Hertha overall. In 31 meetings in Frankfurt, the Eagles have claimed nine wins, 14 draws and lost eight times.
Marius Wolf, on loan at Berlin from Borussia Dortmund this season, is set to face his former club at the Commerzbank-Arena. The winger was part of Eintracht’s sensational DFB Cup triumph in 2018.
There will also be a familiar face in the dugout in Jürgen Klinsmann, who was appointed Hertha coach last week. Having lost both games against Klinsmann’s Bayern Munich in 2008/09, the Eagles will be eager to get the better of the former Germany and USA coach on Friday night.
Kick-off: Friday 6 December 2019, 20:30 CET, Bundesliga Matchday 14
Stadium: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main