The two clubs who – after Bayern Munich – have picked up the most points since the Bundesliga restart will go head to head on Saturday evening (kick-off 18:30 CET). Hertha have taken 10 points out a possible 12, while BVB have nine points. We have compiled everything you need to know about the match below.
The scenario: Second-placed Dortmund have won seven of their last eight matches and, with 30 points from 12 games, are having their second-best second half-season in their history. Only in 2011/12 did they perform better (32 points). Ninth-placed Hertha have taken 10 points out of a possible 12 from their four Bundesliga games under new coach Bruno Labbadia (goal difference: 11-2) and are back in the top half of the table for the first time since Matchday 1.
Home/away: BVB have won five of their last six home games and have the second-best home record this season, with 33 points from 14 home games. Bayern have more points on home soil (35), although they have played one game more (15). BVB have failed to score in only one of their last 39 home games. Hertha are unbeaten in seven away matches – their longest such run in almost nine years. Their last away defeat was a 4-0 loss in Augsburg on 24 November 2019. The capital club have already picked up more points on the road this term (20) than they did in the entirety of last season (19).
Personnel matters: Haaland has been back in team training since Thursday, though it remains to be seen if he is a candidate for a starting berth. Hummels will miss the match through suspension, while Dahoud (knee injury), Reus (fitness training), Schulz (muscular problems) and Zagadou (torn lateral collateral ligament) are out too. The visitors will be without Ascacibar (bruised foot) and Wolf. Cunha, Plattenhardt (both minor concussions), Stark (adductors) and Rekik (knee) are doubtful.
Head-to-head record: The Black & Yellows are unbeaten in five league meetings with Hertha (W3 D2) – their longest such run against the capital club since their seven-game streak between 1982 and 1998. There have been only four defeats in 32 home games – all by a 2-1 scoreline. BVB have netted at least once in every home game against Hertha since 1969.
Statistics: For the first time in their history, BVB have scored 80 goals in the first 29 matches of a Bundesliga campaign – the club record for a full season stands at 82 goals (2015/16). Hertha BSC have won three of their post-corona games (plus one draw) and are unbeaten in six games for the first time since midway through the 2015/16 season. The capital club have netted 16 times in those six games – one goal more than the previous 16 matches combined.
Biggest victory: On 19 October 1963, Borussia battered Hertha 7-2 in front of 28,000 spectators at the Rote Erde Stadium. Rylewicz converted a penalty awarded for handball to make it 1-0 in the 11th minute. Rühl equalised on the 21-minute mark, only for the Black and Yellows to respond with three goals from Emmerich (22), Schmidt (29) and Konietzka (44) before the break. Sturm, Emmerich and Konietzka added further goals in the second half.
Referee: The DFB will announce the appointment on the day of the match.
Compiled by Boris Rupert