European hopefuls Hertha Berlin welcome relegation-battling SV Darmstadt 98 to the capital for their final home game of 2016 on Wednesday (kick-off 20:00CET/19:00GMT).
Pal Dardai’s side are in uncharted territory this season after losing their last two Bundesliga games, including their first at home - against SV Werder Bremen - and the 2-0 defeat last time out at RB Leipzig. However, the Old Lady can end the first half of the season with the league’s best record on home turf with a win over Darmstadt, who are yet to win a point on the road this season.
The Lilies have looked a better side under interim coach Ramon Berndroth but are still yet to reap the rewards of those improved performances after back-to-back 1-0 defeats. It took a thunderbolt from Douglas Costa for FC Bayern München to snatch the three points against Darmstadt on Sunday, but the Bundesliga’s bottom side will head to the capital with increased confidence from these displays.