Bayern Munich will meet on Saturday with the leaders of Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin, in the Allianz Arena.
It has been a whole month for Bayern Munich, having recovered from a tight seven-point lead over three points as we move into the last week's round in the Bundesliga.
However, Bayern are on target after a goalless draw with Liverpool in the Champions League, while last weekend they fought a win against FC Augsburg. With nine out of ten games in the Bundesliga, Bayern is the clear favorite.
Hertha Berlin, meanwhile, delivered a solid performance against Bayern despite a narrow defeat of 3-2 in the third round of the DFB Cup earlier this month.
Since then, the club has remained unbeaten from the capital, especially with an impressive 3-0 victory against the soaring Borussia Mönchengladbach. They lost just one of their last five Bundesliga games. Head coach Pal Dardai hopes that his team can stay against Bayern's mighty attack this weekend against Bayern.
And here in Hard Tackle, on Saturday before this tasty crash, we set the rules for these two sides.
Team News & Tactics
Bayern boss Niko Kovac will make some changes to the team that Liverpool had in the midweek especially in the attack department.
Thomas Muller, who was suspended for Wednesday's Champions League bout, will step aside and replace James Rodriguez as a lonely midfielder. He is accompanied by the great duo Serge Gnabry and Franck Ribéry.
Arjen Robben is undoubtedly a doubt next to Leon Goretzka that Javi Martinez could again start as a midfielder of the holding on 4-2-3-1 Bayern.
Former Athletic Bilbao will be joined by fellow countryman Thiago Alcantara, whose technical quality in midfield could be crucial as hosts dominate Hertha midfield this weekend.
In the defense, Kovac gave Jerome Boateng a rare start in the heart of the four-headed backline. He will replace Mats Hummels, who is in doubt about a disease. Niklas Sule will be partner of Boateng in central defense. David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich are used as full-backs while Manuel Neuer starts in goal.
Expected placement (4-2-3-1): new; Kimmich, Boateng, Sule, Alaba; Martinez, Alcantara; Gnabry, Muller, Ribery; Lewandowski
Dardai will do without a number of important players, including Matthew Leckie, Peter Pekarik, Martin Plattenhardt and Vedad Ibisevic.
Therefore, the Hungarian mastermind has to deal with limited resources this weekend. This means that from the side, the Werder Bremen secured in the last game a 1-1 draw, only minimal changes are expected.
However, Dardai could fight with a four-man backline against Bayern's 4-2-3-1, leaving Valentino Lazaro in a lower position in the right-back, while Maximilian Mittelstadt continues to represent the injured turntable.
Niklas Stark and Karim Rekik will form the central defense, while Fabian Lustenberger will be on Hertha's 4-1-2-1-2. The 30-year-old will be charged with responsibility for the safety of the back team, while Marko Grujic and Arne Maier will put pressure on Bayern's creative midfielders.
Ondrej Duda will retain his role as sole attacking midfielder and the Slovak international will creatively support Hertha offensive duo Davie Selke and Salomon Kalou.
Expected placement (4-1-2-1-2): Jarstein; Lazaro, Rekik, Stark, Mittelstadt; Lustenberger; Grujic, Maier; You there; Selke, Kalou
- Hertha Berlin has not won yet in the last 23 attempts in the Bundesliga.
- Bayern Munich have not won any of their last four encounters with Hertha. the longest run against a Bundesliga opponent.
- Bavaria have held a blank sheet in her last 4 Home games against Hertha Berlin in all competitions.
- Hertha was the only Bundesliga team Bayern Munich had not shot in 2018.
- There were over 2.5 goals scored in BavariaLast 6 Games.
Midfielder Javi Martinez, Bayern midfielder, was in the midweek mid-field against Liverpool absolutely stable, as the Spaniard not only disturbed the opposition in the middle, but also played an important role in the development of Bayern.
And since Goretzka is likely to be short, the 30-year-old will again play an important role for Bayern in the middle of the park. Martinez's excellent exploration of his physicality will be crucial to Duda and Kalou.
However, Hertha could try to take advantage of Martinez's lack of pace, which allows the old lady to circulate ownership in the middle and open up counterattack opportunities, making him one of the players worth watching this weekend to have.
Bayern Munich 1: 0 Hertha Berlin
The Bayern may have to fight against the Berlin defense again on Saturday, but given their fiery form and the fact that the visitors will miss some of their star players, we expect the Hard Tackle Bayern a close win in this win.