07 February 2019
A DFB Pokal last-16 encounter at the Olympiastadion between Hertha Berlin and Bayern Munich sees the visitors looking to bring a four-game winless run against the struggling hosts to an end (D3, L1).
A notable drop-off in form has seen Hertha securing just one victory in their last six competitive outings (W1, D2, L3) as they come into this meeting following a 1-0 home loss to Wolfsburg. Furthermore, Pal Dardai’s men have won just one of the previous seven home clashes (W1, D4, L2), failing to keep a clean sheet six times in the sequence. Five of Hertha’s last six competitive games have produced over 2.5 goals, with goals flowing on both ends in each. Lapses of concentration have seen the Old Lady concede over 1.5 goals per match three times in the previous five competitive encounters, which emerges as their main issue at this moment. The only encouragement Dardai has ahead of this race is that his side prevented Bayern from wrapping up all three points in their last three H2H meetings at this venue (W1, D2).
Meanwhile, a disastrous 3-1 away defeat to Bayer Leverkusen has brought the visitors’ ten-game lossless run across all competitions to an end (W8, D2). Although it was the third consecutive game in which Bayern failed to keep a clean sheet, it was the first time since November they’ve allowed over 1.5 goals per match. Surprisingly, the Bavarians seem to be more comfortable away from home having picked up 12 triumphs on 16 road trips this season. Another fact Niko Kovac can rely on is that his players have scored over 1.5 goals per match 12 times away from home this term, failing to find the back of the net only once so far (against Hertha).
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