• Hertha have one win in five after being held by Bayern.
• Pal Dardai’s team have lost only once at home.
• Eintracht lost their past two matches 3-0 and 2-0.
Hertha were denied at the death against Bayern Munich in a 1-1 draw on Matchday 21, but coming so close against the champions will surely give them confidence. They were also pegged back in injury time in a 3-3 draw against Eintracht in September, but they beat the Eagles 2-0 in Berlin last year and have eight wins from 10 home matches this season.
Eintracht’s normally-solid defence has been leaky in recent games, with a quarter of the 20 goals they have conceded this season coming in back-to-back defeats against Bayer Leverkusen and Ingolstadt. Only one point ahead of Hertha in fifth, the Eagles will be keen to avoid a third defeat on the spin.
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- Hertha currently have the joint-best home record in the division (25 points alongside RB Leipzig), and would have the best outright but for last week’s late equaliser from Bayern.
- However, the Berliners have won just once in 2017 so far, taking four points from their four matches.
- Eintracht have conceded just 20 goals in 21 matches.
- Nevertheless, they have not scored in the last two games, losing both.
- Makoto Hasebe could make his 234th Bundesliga appearance, taking him past Yasuhiko Okudera as the Japanese player with the most top-flight appearances in Germany.
- Frankfurt coach Kovac had two stints playing for Hertha, between 1991 and 1996 and 2003 and 2006. In his second spell he played alongside Hertha boss Dardai.