Hertha Berlin will look to cement their spot among the UEFA Champions League places when they welcome VfL Wolfsburg to the Olympiastadion on Saturday afternoon (kick-off: 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
The Old Lady has been struggling for stamina in recent weeks. After an explosive start to the campaign, Hertha are yet to win a game in 2016, falling 2-0 to VfB Stuttgart last time out. Without Sami Allagui and Salomon Kalou, Pal Dardai will need to to find an attacking solution as the capital club look to avenge their 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg in September.
Wolfsburg's top scorer Bas Dost (seven), who scored a brace for the Wolves in the reverse fixture, is missing with a foot injury. Following their Champions League exploits against KAA Gent on Wednesday, Dieter Hecking may have to shuffle his pack as he looks to close the gap – five points and four places at kick-off – on fourth-placed Hertha.
Goals: 2-0 Dost (77', 88')
Dost scored a brace as Wolfsburg extended their unbeaten home run to 25 games courtesy of a hard-fought 2-0 victory against Hertha.
Matchday 22 - match facts
- Hertha are yet to win a Bundesliga game in 2016. Having bounced into the winter break on a three-game unbeaten run, the Old Lady are now without a win in four.
- Last season Wolfsburg took almost twice as many points (69) as Hertha (35). This campaign the capital club are five points better off than the Wolves.
- Hertha boast a strong home record (with only one defeat, to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 11. Wolfsburg have the worst away record in the league, with six defeats.
- Wolfsburg return to Berlin exactly 266 days after their DFB Cup final victory over Borussia Dortmund.
- The last four Wolfsburg goals against Hertha in the Bundesliga have been scored by the now-injured Dost.
- Wolfsburg star Julian Draxler's goal in Berlin was for FC Schalke 04 in 2011, when Die Königsblauen thrashed MSV Duisburg 5-0 in the DFB Cup final.
- Last season Wolfsburg were the strongest counter-attacking team in the division (16 goals were scored on the counter by Kevin De Bruyne). This season they have only managed five.
- Koen Casteels has fared better in goals for Wolfsburg than has Diego Benaglio. Casteels has kept two clean sheets in four games, conceding only once every 180 minutes. Benaglio conceded 26 in his 17 games – a goal every 59 minutes.
Hertha: Jarstein - Weiser, S. Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Lustenberger - Haraguchi, Darida, Kalou - Ibisevic
Absentees: Allagui (knee)
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Träsch, Naldo, Knoche, M. Schäfer - Arnold, Luiz Gustavo - Vieirinha, Draxler, Bruno Henrique - M. Kruse
Absentees: Dost (foot), Ascues (knee)