It will open this Friday, February 16, the twenty-third round of the German Championship in its 2017/2018 season. The Olympiastadion in Berlin will host the clash involving Hertha and Mainz. The kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 pm (Brasília time).
Hertha Berlin’s recent performance
Hertha’s campaign has been lower than the previous season. With 30 points (seven wins, nine draws and six defeats), he is ranked eleventh in the Bundesliga standings.
There is not much doubt as to the factor that caused the fall. The team, which throughout the previous season, was among the top five placed when considering the use in their domains, now appears only in twelfth place in that ranking. Of the 33 points that disputed in Olympiastadion gained only 16 (four victories, four ties and three defeats).
In the previous round, after three straight draws, Hertha got a great win as a visitor. Defeated Bayer Leverkusen, who are in contention for the runners-up, by 2 to 0.
That kept the hopes of a reaction aimed at repeating the feat of the 2016/2017 season when it entered the zone of classification for the Europa League. After 22 days, this block is closed by Schalke, who has four points more. However, four other teams are among them.
Achieving a performance improvement that is sufficient to put the team in the front pack in the classification passes through the emptying of the medical department. Defenders Karim Rekik (16 matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship, two goals) and Jordan Torunarigha (eight matches, no goal) are in the process of injury recovery; the socks Ondrej Duda (nine games, one goal) and Julius Kade (without performances); and strikers Palko Dardai (without performances) and Davie Selke (15 games, five goals).
The current form of Mainz
Mainz is on a downward trajectory. In the previous round, as a visitor, took 4 to 2 of Hoffenheim. It was his fifth defeat in the six official matches he held in 2018. Four of them were in the Bundesliga. The other, by 3 to 0, before the Frankfurt, caused the elimination of the Glass of Germany.
The failures sent the team to the relegation zone of the German Championship. With 2 points (five wins, five draws and 12 losses), Mainz occupy the seventeenth place, first in the sticking region. In that position, the team would still have the right to play the play-off against third-placed Bundesliga 2 in an attempt to remain in the elite division of the country.
Thus, you have to look forward, aiming to gain a position, as well as backwards in the standings, avoiding entering the direct relegation zone. The difference for Werder Bremen, who is in 15th place and the first team out of the relegation zone, is three points. Same advantage he has in relation to Hamburg, eighteenth place.
As a visitor your situation is even worse. Mainz have the second worst campaign among the 18 Bundesliga teams when only the teams’ results are considered far from their domains. He only conceded four (four draws and seven losses) of the 33 points that disputed in that situation.
For the confrontation of this Friday, the technician Sandro Schwarz can count on practically all the cast at his disposal. It depends on the position of the medical department only defender Niko Bungert (no performances in the 2017/2018 German League season, no goal) and midfielder Gerrit Holtmann (11 matches, two goals).
History of the bouts between Hertha and Mainz
The owner of the house has won the last three editions of the match ever for minimal difference. In the first round of the 2017/2018 Bundesliga season, Mainz scored 1-0.
With signs that she can take a career up and against a team in the relegation zone, Hertha ends up being the best option to guess in the match that opens the German Championship round. It has a price of 2.00 for each real bet on Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.30 and successful visitor multiplies the investment by 3.80. Quotes were in effect at 13/14/2018.