Hertha Berlin will be determined to snap a five-game losing streak when they welcome bottom club Hannover to the Olympiastadion on Sunday (6pm CEST/5pm BST/12pm ET).
Hertha announced during the week that Pal Dardai will step down as coach come the end of the season, and the Hungarian will be keen to finish on a high after four-and-a-half years in charge. The club’s record appearance holder still has a lengthy injury list to contend with, though, with players like Marko Grujic, Jordan Torunarigha, Fabian Lustenberger and Arne Maier all suffering recently. Thankfully for the home side, however, their top two goalscorers – Ondrej Duda and Vedad Ibisevic have 19 goals between them – are available again after suspension.
Hannover are on an even longer losing run than Hertha following their 1-0 defeat at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend. Nine Bundesliga defeats in a row would mark an unwanted club record for the Reds, and they still have doubts over the fitness of USA forward Bobby Wood, who has returned to light training following injury. The visitors desperately need goals from somewhere if they are to have any chance of making up the seven-point gap between them and third-from-bottom VfB Stuttgart.
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- Hertha lost five times in 17 matches during the first half of the season, but have suffered five defeats in 12 since the turn of the year.
- Salomon Kalou has hit six goals in seven games against Hannover, including his first Bundesliga hat-trick back in November 2015.
- Duda heads the Hertha scoring charts on 10 Bundesliga goals, but has not found the net since Matchday 21. The Old Lady are unbeaten in the eight matches in which the Slovakian has been on target, however.
- Hannover have the third worst return after 29 matches in Bundesliga history (14 points, 25 goals scored and 66 conceded).
- If Schalke win or Augsburg draw this weekend, the best finish Hannover can hope for is a place in the relegation play-offs.
- Hendrik Weydandt is Hannover's top scorer this season, but not one of his five goals have come in wins (D2, L3).
Hertha: Jarstein – Lazaro, Stark, Rekik, Plattenhanrdt – Skjelbred, Mittelstädt – Kalou (c), Duda, Dilrosun – Selke
Out: Darida (thigh), Luckassen (ankle), Lustenberger (thigh), Maier (knee), Torunarigha (ankle)
Doubtful: Grujic (ankle)
Coach: Pal Dardai
Hannover: Esser – Korb, Anton, Felipe, Ostrzolek – Haraguchi, Bakalorz (c), Schwegler, Müller, Maina – Weydandt
Out: Akpoguma (shoulder), Bebou (thigh), Elez (groin), Füllkrug (knee), Hübers (knee), Sarenren Bazee (shin)
Doubtful: Albornoz (ankle), Jonathas (hamstring), Prib (muscular), Wood (knee)
Coach: Thomas Doll