In the driving seat to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 1999/2000 season, Hertha Berlin face a tough test when FC Ingolstadt 04 visit the Olympiastadion on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Pal Dardai has done a remarkable job in leading Hertha into the top three, and the capital-city club strengthened their claim to be playing at Europe’s top table next season by beating FC Schalke 04 on home turf last time out.

Watch: Hertha 2–0 Schalke - match highlights

That said, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Ingolstadt have a never-say-die attitude matched by few sides in the top-flight and come into this one on the back of the club’s longest-ever unbeaten run in the Bundesliga following a thrilling 3-3 draw with VfB Stuttgart last time out.

Watch: Ingolstadt 3-3 Stuttgart – match highlights

History

Matchday 10 rewind: Ingolstadt 0-1 Hertha

Goals: 0-1 Weiser (11’)

After taking an early lead, Hertha withstood a relentless effort from Ingolstadt to record a 1-0 victory at the Audi Sportpark.

Watch: match highlights

Matchday 27 - match stats

  • Every time Hertha Berlin have played in the same division as Ingolstadt, the Berliners have ended the season as champions.
  • For only the fourth time ever, Hertha are in the top three after Matchday 26.
  • Pal Dardai’s side are unbeaten in the last eight games at the Olympiastadion.
  • Hertha striker Vedad Ibisevic has scored against 17 of the 18 current Bundesliga clubs - Ingolstadt being the exception.
  • Vladimir Darida has averaged over 13 kilometres per game this season.
  • Coming into this one, Ingolstadt are unbeaten in five consecutive games for the first time in the club’s Bundesliga history.
  • That said, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have drawn the last four games in succession. The top-flight record was set by Mannheim, who drew eight consecutive games in 1984/85.

Possible line-ups

Hertha: Jarstein – Weiser, Stark, Brooks, Plattenhardt – Skjelbred, Cigerci – Haraguchi, Darida, Kalou – Ibisevic

Absentees: Allagui (light training)

Ingolstadt: Özcan - da Costa, Matip, Bregerie, Bauer - Cohan, Roger, Christiansen - Hartmann, Lezcano, Leckie

Absentees: Hübner (suspended), Levels (ankle), Danielo Soares (foot)

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