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04/20/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/20/2017 20:22

Hertha Berlin vs Wolfsburg: Line-ups and statistics

Three points continue to be a must for both Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg, but for different reasons, when they meet in the capital on Saturday (15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT).

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Hertha are still without a string of first-team players ahead of the visit of Wolfsburg to the capital. That could give 17-year-old Julius Kade a debut Bundesliga start after playing nine minutes as a substitute on Matchday 27.

Visitors Wolfsburg could opt for the starting XI that beat Ingolstadt last weekend with no new injury worries. A possible change could come in attack with winter signing Yunus Malli coming in for summer arrival Daniel Didavi.

Probable teams

Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Darida - Esswein, Kade, Kalou - Ibisevic
Coach: Pal Dardai
Absentees: Weiser (thigh), Darida (suspended), Lustenberger (groin) Schieber (ankle), Duda (thigh), Stark (foot), Stocker (thigh), Kurt (ankle)

Wolfsburg: Casteels - Blaszczykowski, Knoche, Gustavo, Gerhardt - Bazoer, Guilavogui - Vieirinha, Arnold, Malli - Gomez
Coach: Andries Jonker
Absentees: Benaglio (back), Bruma (knee), Rodriguez (ankle), Dejagah (light training), Ntep (muscle)

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Match stats

  • Hertha have lost four of their last five Bundesliga matches.
  • Berlin already have 12 defeats to their name this campaign, which is already as many as the whole of 2015/16.
  • Pal Dardai's side won the reverse fixture earlier this season 3-2 thanks to a late penalty from Salomon Kalou. That was the last time Hertha won a point away from home.
  • Despite the number of defeats, the capital club have not been lower than sixth in the table this season.
  • Ninety-eight goals have been scored in matches between Hertha and Wolfsburg so far.
  • Peter Pekarik is on the verge of his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Hertha. The Slovakia international became a Bundesliga champion with opponents Wolfsburg in 2009.

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