Hertha Berlin hosts Fortuna Dusseldorf in round 7 of German Bundesliga. The match will be played on Friday, October 4th at Olympiastadion (Berlin)
Pal Dardai left Hertha after four years of working with the squad. Now Ante Kovic is the head coach. The Hungarian coach used to bring the team to the Europa League. But in the last two seasons, Hertha has weakened a bit and sank in the standings. In this regard, the management decided to change the head coach. Following him, one of the main players, midfielder Valentino Lazaro (Inter) left the team. Money from the sale was invested in new players. The club acquired forwards Eduard Lowen (Nurnberg) and Dodi Lukebakio (Watford). Besides, they took Marco Grujic on loan from Liverpool again. With the young coaching staff, things are not going well at the club. After five rounds in the new season of the German championship, Hertha is one pace away from the relegation zone. In the first round, the team managed to keep a draw with Bayern (2-2), and Hertha’s fans were more than happy. But then a storm of disappointment came. Hertha suffered three consecutive defeats to Wolfsburg (0:3), Schalke (0:3) and Mainz (1:2). After such a disappointment, it was difficult to gather their thoughts and tune in to a positive note. Still, Hertha did it and managed to beat Paderborn (2-1) and Koln (0-4) in the last rounds.
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Fortuna returned to the Bundesliga last year. No one expected that the team would manage to stay in the main championship for next season. Nevertheless, in the course of the tournament, the team quickly gained momentum and managed to rise to the tenth place. In the new season, Fortuna has failed to gather speed yet. Most likely, the reason for this is the departure of leader Dodi Lukebakio. They also sold Benito Raman. This summer and autumn, the club held many friendly matches and did not lose in any of them. And it spent them in parallel with the Bundesliga matches. But the results are completely different. It turns out that friendly games took the time and energy, which could be spent on preparing for the championship. Fortuna has managed to gain only one victory since the start of the new season. It took place in the first round over experienced Werder Bremen. Dusseldorf managed to beat with a 3:1 score away. Then the team received two defeats in a row from Bayer (1:3) and Eintracht (1:2). In the fourth round, Fortuna managed to scratch out one more point it tied with Wolfsburg - 1: 1. But in the last two matches, the club lost to Borussia Monchengladbach and Freiburg with the same 1:2 score. With such results, Fortuna is unlikely to take a high place as it was in the last season.
Bookmakers believe that Hertha will win this match and confirm it with a lower coefficient. Both teams are on equal footing in this season. Both played with strong rivals at the start. But the home team looks more confident. After such serious losses in the squad, it tries not to lose its position.
Prediction for the match: Hertha Berlin to win