Just six points separate the pair ahead of their Matchday 24 meeting at the Olympiastadion. That gap had been just three before Hertha's damaging defeat to Hamburger SV last weekend, the 1-0 loss all but undoing the benefits of a draw with FC Bayern Munich and a win over Eintracht Frankfurt in their previous two matches.
By contrast, Dortmund have recovered from back-to-back defeats in all competitions to string together three successive league wins with a staggering cumulative goal difference of 12-2. After prolonging their UEFA Champions League adventure with success over SL Benfica in midweek, Thomas Tuchel's men have hit cruising altitude, and will be hoping for a first win in Berlin in three visits to secure their podium place.
- Hertha have lost their last five away games in the Bundesliga.
- Dortmund are unbeaten in their last six competitive matches against the capital club (W4, D2).
- The Old Lady have picked up the fewest number of points (seven) of all the teams in the running for the European places since the turn of the year.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has never scored against Hertha at the Olympiastadion and has also lost three DFB Cup finals at Hertha’s ground.
- Vedad Ibisevic scored six goals in his first six games against Borussia, but has not found the net in his eight since.
- Lukasz Piszczek is the current campaign’s highest-scoring defender with five goals. In 68 Bundesliga appearances for Hertha between 2007-10, he scored just three.