Berlin - With the bottom half of the table as tight as ever, both Hertha Berlin and SC Freiburg will sense a huge opportunity to take three points in their battle against the drop when they meet in Matchday 21's penultimate encounter on Sunday (kick-off 15:30 CET / 14:30 GMT). takes a closer look at this clash in the capital...

Hertha Berlin ended a run of four games without a win by beating 1. FSV Mainz 05 in caretaker coach Pal Dardai's first game in charge, but it will count for little if they cannot build on it against a Freiburg side who have slumped into the bottom two, three points adrift of the Old Lady, after back-to-back defeats.

(r.) is back in Berlin after Africa Cup of Nations glory with Cote d'Ivoire and could start, although Dardai may decide not to change a winning team. The Hungarian nevertheless knows what an asset the 29-year-old can be: "Salomon's a fantastic player with an incredibly quick mind. He's deadly in front of goal."

The last thing Freiburg needed was the news that , their hat-trick hero from Matchday 18, has been ruled out for four weeks with a knee ligament injury. With also still, veteran striker Karim Guede (l.) could come in.

Swiss midfielder (r.) was at the heart of Dardai's opening-game victory last week at Mainz by earning the penalty which made it 1-0, setting up the second for Roy Beerens and hitting the post himself. The Swiss is finally starting to show the form that saw him hailed as one of Berlin's key weapons back in the summer.

is likely to take on a more advanced role given Christian Streich's injury problems in attack. The 19-year-old has yet to score since moving to the Bundesliga from Cardiff City FC during the winter break, but he looks a great prospect for a club with a reputation for giving budding stars their big break.

(Hertha forward, r.): "It's great to be back and it's now time to show what we're made of."

(Freiburg midfielder): "We have to get over our mistakes. We know the performance against Borussia Dortmund [last week] wasn't good enough."

The Berliners' win over Mainz was only their second in their last eight games. Freiburg, meanwhile, were outplayed in last weekend's 3-0 defeat to Dortmund and travel to Berlin with only one away victory to their name all season.

Matchday 4's 2-2 draw was the third successive stalemate between the two sides. Freiburg's most recent win in the capital came in April 2012, with Hertha last tasting home success over Sunday's south-west opponents a decade ago at the tail-end of the 2004/05 campaign.

Possible line-ups:

Hertha: Kraft - Pekarik, Hegeler, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Niemeyer, Skjelbred - Beerens, Stocker, Schulz - Schieber

Freiburg: Bürki - Sorg, Höhn, Torrejon, Günter - Frantz, Darida - Klaus, Schmid - Philipp, Möller Daehli

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