Hertha Berlin could cement their place in the top five on Friday (kick-off 20:30CEST/19:30BST) by condemning TSG 1899 Hoffenheim to just their third league defeat of the season.

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Hertha will be glad to get back to the capital after another chastening experience on the road on Matchday 25. Cologne striker Anthony Modeste helped himself to a hat-trick as the Old Lady went down to a sixth defeat in a row on her travels. Pal Dardai’s team have the best home record in the league, however, and an 11th win from 13 matches at the Olympiastadion would move them to within two points of Hoffenheim in fourth.

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Hoffenheim are now only four points behind second-placed RB Leipzig and will look to extend their current unbeaten run to six matches. Niklas Süle got the only goal of the game in the reverse fixture in October and if the defender is on the winning side again in what would be his 100th Bundesliga appearance, then the visitors would move above Borussia Dortmund in the table – at least temporarily.

Hoffenheim's 21-year-old centre-back Niklas Süle is in line for his 100th Bundesliga appearance. © imago

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Match Stats

  • A match between Hertha and Hoffenheim has never ended goalless.
  • The Sinsheim club have won four of their last five games against Hertha, including the last two.
  • No side has ever won three in a row in this fixture.
  • Hoffenheim managed their biggest-ever Bundesliga win in Berlin in December 2014 (5-0).
  • Sandro Wagner played for Hertha from 2012 to 2015, but scored just twice in 40 Bundesliga games for the capital club.
  • On the other side, Vedad Ibisevic is a part of TSG’s Bundesliga history, with 43 goals in 92 appearances, making him Hoffenheim’s second-highest goalscorer in the top flight.

The Venue - Olympiastadion