FC Ingolstadt 04 will be aiming to build on an encouraging display in their Matchday 1 draw at Hamburger SV when they host Hertha Berlin on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
Die Schanzer fought back after going a goal down to Hamburg to earn a valuable point thanks to Lukas Hinterseer’s late equaliser, underling their reputation as one of the toughest nuts to crack in the Bundesliga.
Hertha, who grabbed a dramatic win against SC Freiburg when Julian Schieber netted deep into stoppage time, did the ‘double’ over Ingolstadt last season with wins in both league meetings with the Bavarian outfit.
- Ingolstadt are winless in a club-low six Bundesliga matches dating back to last season (two draws, four defeats).Hertha have never won their first two Bundesliga matches of the season.Ingolstadt were unbeaten in eight home matches in 2016, before losing to FC Bayern München on the penultimate matchday of last season.Although five Norwegian goalkeepers have played in the Bundesliga, never before have two lined up at opposing ends of the pitch. Hertha's Rune Jarstein and Ingolstadt's Orjan Nyland could be the first pair to do so.Ingolstadt have yet to win a Bundesliga match with Nyland between the posts (three draws, four defeats).Lukas Hinterseer was the only Ingolstadt player to find the net against Hertha last term (in a 2-1 defeat at the Olympiastadion on Matchday 27).
The venue: Audi Sportpark
Ingolstadt: to follow
Head coach: Markus Kauczinski
Hertha: to follow
Absentees: Duda (knee)
Head coach: Pal Dardai