- Leipzig looking to bounce back from maiden Bundesliga defeat.
- Hertha beaten by Bremen last time out.
- Six points separate the two sides in second and third.
Now that Leipzig's record-breaking start to their first season in the Bundesliga has ended, it will be interesting to see how Ralph Hasenhüttl's men respond. The shock 1-0 defeat at FC Ingolstadt 04 on Matchday 14 also saw Leipzig relinquish top spot - although they could yet return to the summit to claim the nominal Herbstmeisterschaft (autumn championship), with a trip to leaders FC Bayern München just around the corner.
Hertha may have a thing or two to say about that, with just six points their deficit on the joint-league leaders. The Old Lady fell to a surprise defeat to SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 14, but a positive response is the least head coach Pal Dardai can expect from his charges as the capital club aim to become the first Bundesliga outfit to win at the Red Bull Arena this season.
- Leipzig dropped all three points for the first time this season in Ingolstadt, but remain unbeaten at home (five wins and a draw).
- Leipzig have won their last four home matches, and have never been behind in front of their own fans this season.
- The fixture represents the first time these two clubs have faced each other in a competitive match, and the first time Hertha have ever faced a side from Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
- Hertha have won their last two against promoted sides away from home without conceding. (1-0 in Ingolstadt and 4-0 in Darmstadt last season).
- Hertha leading scorer Vedad Ibisevic has scored a goal against 17 of the 18 current Bundesliga sides. RB Leipzig would complete the set.
- As Ingolstadt coach last season, Ralph Hasenhüttl was on the losing end of his two meetings with Hertha.