High-flying Hertha eye next win in Darmstadt

Hertha Berlin are out to cement their place in the Bundesliga top four away to plucky SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday in the hope of continuing what has been a remarkable first half of the season for the capital-city side (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

Check out highlights of Hertha's victory over Bayer Leverkusen last week here.



Top facts

    Hertha played their first ever Bundesliga game against Darmstadt, on 12 August 1978 in a match that ended goalless.That season - 1978/79 - was the only previous campaign these two sides were both in the Bundesliga together, but they have met an additional six times in Bundesliga 2 – most recently in 1992/93.Hertha are the only team Darmstadt have played more than one game against in the Bundesliga without scoring.Darmstadt's last win over Hertha was on 19 July 1992 in Bundesliga 2 – a 3-0 success.The last time these two sides met was on 10 September 2006 in the first round of the DFB Cup, with Hertha needing extra time to win 1-0.There have been a total of 17 encounters between these two in all competitions, with Hertha winning seven and Darmstadt five.In six of these 17 meetings, the scoreline was 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Relive the highlights of Darmstadt's derby win over Eintracht Frankfurt last week right here.

Possible line-ups:

Darmstadt: Mathenia – Rajkovic, Sulu (c), Caldirola, Diaz – Heller, Niemeyer, Gondorf, Rausch – Stroh-Engel, Wagner

Absentees: Ivana (fitness), Niemeyer (suspended)

Hertha: Jarstein - Regäsel, Lustenberger (c), Brooks, Plattenhardt - Darida, Skjelbred - Haraguchi, Baumjohann, Kalou - Ibisevic

Absentees: Kraft, Pekarik, Allagui, Schieber (all fitness), Stark (groin), Ben-Hatira, Ronny (both unavailable)

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