Hertha BSC Berlin will face VfL Wolfsburg next Saturday. Kick-off in the Volkswagen Arena is at 3:30 pm. While the Berliners are riding on a success wave, the Wolfsburg riders are currently running an absolute low. Only two points separate the wolves from the relegation place. In order to get some more air here, the first victory must finally come before the audience.
After only two wins and four draws from the first twelve games, VfL Wolfsburg is currently on the 14th place. The descents are not far away. So coach Valerien Ismael is almost lucky that the game against FC Ingolstadt last weekend was not lost. This was due in particular to an outstanding performance by goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, who, in addition to some major chances, could also hold a penalty. The game ended with a 1: 1 goal thanks to a late goal from Daniel Caligiuri. The home defeat of the Wolfsburgers is particularly evident this season. Of six home games, none could be won. Overall, it was enough for two goalless draws and two goals. A look at the home table shows only the penultimate place. This has not changed the coach’s change so far. From the last five games under the direction of Ismael the wolves collected only 4 points, none of them from their own audience. So it remains questionable whether this will succeed against the strong Berliners. What is certain, however, is that Ishmael must give up the injured Vieirinha and Jakub Błaszczykowski.
The Berliners are above all thanks to their home strength in the 3rd place. While out of the six previous home games, all sorts of eighteen points were taken, it was only six away. The Old Lady beat the undefeated Hoffenheimers (0: 1) and Bayern (0: 3). Against the currently equally strong teams from Dortmund and Frankfurt, the team of coach Pál Dárdai achieved a draw each away. On the last weekend the FSV Mainz 05 was a guest in Berlin. In a rather entertaining part, the Berliners were able to make a draw and win 2: 1 in the end. The two goals for the Hertha scored Vedad Ibišević, with now eight goals currently on the 3rd place the scorers list and is Berlin’s topscorer. However, Ibišević was only able to take the rest of the game from the booth after a tactical foul, only seven minutes after his opponent. Thus, Dárdai not only needs to adequately replace the injured Per Skjelbred and Mitchell Weiser, but also find a suitable solution in the storm. There would certainly be an employment of Julian Schieber or Salamon Kalou.