Hertha BSC take on the visitors Schalke 04 at “Olympiastadion” in the gameweek eight of the Bundesliga. The match will be played in Berlin on Saturday, October 14th.
Hertha BSC have failed to win in three recent clashes, having lost to 1. FSV Mainz 05 0:1 and Ostersunds 0:1 and got 2:2 draw against Bayern Munich. With seven rounds behind, “Die Alte Dame” sits on the 10th position in the German elite division standings with nine points taken and 8-8 goal difference. The Berliners picked up eight points with seven goals for and four goals against in four encounters in front of their fans. Hertha BSC are the utter home side as in 2017 they got seven triumphs, four draws and three losses in 14 clashes at the home field. However, all those failures happened at the finishing line of last season and “Die Alte Dame” is well known by its attitude to the Bundesliga battles at the end of the season. Hertha BSC gave up play seriously in March in two latest seasons.
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Schalke 04 come up to the forthcoming match in Berlin with the same results in three recent games: the club from Gelsenkirchen was beaten by Bayern Munich 0:3 and Hoffenheim 0:2 plus got 1:1 draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the latest fight. “Die Knappen” occupy the ninth place in the Bundesliga table with 10 points earned and 8-9 goal difference. Evgen Konoplyanka and his teammates conducted three encounters on the road resulting in 2:1 victory over SV Werder Bremen together with two defeats to Hannover 0:1 and Hoffenheim 0:2.
The hosts have not lost in last seven head-to-heads between Hertha BSC and Schalke 04, in other words, “Die Knappen” succeeded four times, “Die Alte Dame” won twice and one more game ended with draw. Taking into account the Berliners’ strong performance at the home ground, we may presume that they will pick up some points on Saturday.
Prediction for the match: Hertha BSC to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.