Berlin – Hertha Berlin host high-flying Borussia Mönchengladbach in the final game of Matchday 31 on Sunday (kick-off 17:30 CEST / 15:30 GMT), with the visitors looking to extend their ten-game unbeaten streak in their pursuit of an automatic UEFA Champions League qualifying berth.

There will also be an intriguing sub-plot to the action at the , as Hertha coach Pal Dardai tests his mettle against former mentor and current Foals boss Lucien Favre. bundesliga.com finds out more…

Hertha need three more points to be mathematically safe and would enjoy celebrating their top-flight survival with their own fans. Gladbach, on the other hand, want to go into their potential Champions League decider with Bayer 04 Leverkusen next week with an advantage to defend, and they can establish that in the capital.

(r.) has sore ribs and that could force Hertha's regular number one out of only his second game this season, with on standby. is back from a thigh injury, meanwhile, and he should take his place on the Berlin bench this Sunday.

Gym work done..

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Gladbach coach Lucien Favre (l.) may opt to make one change to his successful side from last Sunday with available again after shaking off a flu virus. It is more likely the Swiss coach will name an unchanged starting XI, however.

Faced with one of the league's most multi-faceted attacks, getting things right in defence should be one of Hertha's priorities. Step forward . The USA international is a match for anybody in the air while a good burst of pace could be useful for when Gladbach's counterattacking machine inevitably sparks into life.

There are plenty of potential suitors keeping a close eye on nine-goal hitman , whose late strike decided the Foals' last game in their favour. The former SC Freiburg striker's fairy-tale rise is showing no signs of slowing as he spearheads Gladbach's charge for a place at Europe's top table next term.

Pal Dardai, head coach: "It's about time we finally beat one of the top clubs. We're at home and we always get our chances here. [Lucien Favre] was an excellent coach and I learnt a great deal in the tactical department with him."

Lucien Favre, head coach: "I always knew that Pal would eventually become a coach. You could always talk to him about football and he always understood very well what you were asking of him as a coach. It's hard to play against his side. They're well organised and concede very few goals. It's going to be a tall order for us."

Hertha's seven-game unbeaten streak was ended by FC Bayern München last weekend, but they are still in good shape. Meanwhile, Gladbach have now gone ten games unbeaten - and they would like that run to continue through to the end of the season to keep Leverkusen at bay.

Hertha just edge the head-to-head statistics with 21 wins compared to Gladbach's 18, and 14 draws. The last time Gladbach won in the capital, though, was in 2011, which was their first win there in nine years. Former Hertha coach Favre will be hoping his side's wait for their next Olympiastadion win will not drag on so long.

Possible line-ups:

Hertha: Kraft - Pekarik, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Lustenberger - Haraguchi, Stocker, Schulz - Kalou

Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke, Brouwers, Dominguez, Wendt - Kramer, Xhaka - Herrmann, Johnson - Raffael - Kruse

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