Hertha Berlin will be looking to recover from their defeat at FC Schalke 04 but face a difficult task when they host Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Inconsistency seems to plaguing Hertha at the start of 2017. With three losses and a victory, Pal Dardai needs to find some stability if they are to ensure their European spot by the end of the season. Currently only one point separates them from playing in Europe and not next season, and with the likes of 1. FC Köln and Bayer 04 Leverkusen hot on their heels, victory on Saturday becomes even more vital.
Bayern left it late to take all three points from Ingolstadt on Matchday 20. Two goals in the 90th and 92nd minute saw Carlo Ancelotti's men extend their lead over RB Leipzig at the top to seven points. Manuel Neuer also recorded his 100th Bundesliga clean sheet against Ingolstadt. A 101st in the capital will see Bayern half-way to another three points, all that is needed is goals - and with Robert Lewandowski at the helm, Bayern never have to wait long.
- Hertha have won eight of their nine home matches this season, conceding just four goals at the Olympiastadion.
- For the first time this season, Bayern have a seven-point lead over the team in second place. No team has taken more points in 2017 than Bayern.
- The Old Lady have not scored a goal against Bayern under Pal Dardai (4 matches).
- The record champions have won their last 11 games against Hertha – scoring 33 goals and conceding six.
- Hertha striker Vedad Ibisevic has not scored since getting his 100th Bundesliga goal. Since netting against 1. FSV Mainz in November, he has gone seven Bundesliga matches and 637 minutes without a goal.
- Bayern’s Javi Martinez has not lost in his last 23 Bundesliga matches (21 wins, 2 draws).