Hertha Berlin BSC takes on Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Olympiastadion on October 4, 2019, in German Bundesliga action.
Hertha BSC was established in 1892 and the club was one of the founding members of the German Football Association in 1900. When the Bundesliga was created in 1963, they were the reigning German champions and were one of the inaugural members of the new league. Hertha Berlin finished the 2018-19 Bundesliga season 11th in the final table, finishing with a record of 11 wins, 10 draws and 13 losses.
The Old Lady was crowned as the German championship in 1930 and 1931 and they also finished as runners-up in five different seasons. In Bundesliga competition, Hertha Berlin has won thrice and are the last team other than Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title. They were also group winners of the UEFA Intertoto Cup five times and semifinalists in the UEFA Cup in 1978-79.
Hertha Berlin has a -6 Goal Difference which places them at 17th in the Bundesliga. They have scored only two goals this season, which is tied for 17th overall. On the defensive end of the field, Hertha Berlin has allowed 8 goals which rank them at 15th overall in the entire league. Their two assists are tied for 14th in the entire Bundesliga.
Dodi Lukebakio and Marko Grujic have scored the two goals for Hertha Berlin this season. Ondrej Duda and Vedad Ivesivic own the two assists for the squad this season. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Rune Jarstein has allowed 8 goals this season and has a total of seven saves for Hertha Berlin.
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Fortuna Dusseldorf was founded in 1895 and the club entered the German Football League in 1913. Fortuna Dusseldorf was a permanent fixture in the top flight league from the 1920s up to the creation of the Bundesliga in 1963. During the 2017-18 season, Fortuna Dusseldorf beat FC Nurnberg 3-2 to secure the top spot and win the 2.Division Championship. That victory led to a return to Bundesliga 1 last season, their first since 2012/13.
An inconsistent season saw them finish 10th in the final Bundesliga table last season and now in their second straight year in the top flight and 25th overall in the Bundesliga, Fortuna Dusseldorf are looking to improve on their performance
Dusseldorf is ranked 10th in the league in Goal Difference at -2 goals. They are tied for 9th place in scoring with a total of seven goals scored this season. Fortuna Dusseldorf has allowed a total of nine goals on the season which is ranked 11th overall. They are also tied for 7th place with a total of six assists this season.
Rouwen Hennings leads Fortuna Dusseldorf with two goals scored this season. Krenan Karaman and Nico Giebelmann have also contributed one goal each for the Old Lady. Andre Hoffmann, Alfredo Morales and Oliver Fink each have one assist this season while goalkeeper Zack Steffen has 33 saves and 9 goals allowed in five appearances.
Hertha Berlin is currently 10th in the league right now with a record of 2-1-3 SU. They snapped a three-match losing streak by beating Paderborn 2-1 for their first win of the season. In their Round 6 assignments, Hertha Berlin scored a 4-0 win over Cologne. Meanwhile, Fortuna Dusseldorf is ranked 14th in the German Bundesliga with a record of 1-1-4 SU. They are coming off a 1-2 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in their last outing and have not won a match since their opening round win over Werder Bremen.
Head to head, these clubs have played in a total of seven matches. Fortuna Dusseldorf has won four of those fixtures while Hertha Berlin has two victories. These teams played to a draw in two other matches. Fortuna Dusseldorf has not lost in their last four matches, going 3-1-0 SU over that period. They defeated Hertha Berlin 2-1 in their most recent match last April 6, 2019.
Hertha Berlin is on the heels of back to back wins over Paderborn and Cologne. They should be brimming with confidence heading to this matchup. On the other hand, Fortuna Dusseldorf has not won a match since Round 1 and have been struggling on both ends of the field as of late. Hertha Berlin is also playing at home in the Olympiastadion in Berlin for this contest so they have a lot going for them here. Prediction: Hertha Berlin