Bayern Munich vs. Hertha Berlin: CONFIRMED line-ups and stats
James Rodriguez and Jerome Boateng have both been ruled out as Bayern Munich – after a crushing Champions League win over Besiktas on Tuesday – return to Bundesliga action in search of a record 15th consecutive win, hosting Hertha Berlin on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CET/14:30 GMT).
Bayern Munich’s five-star Champions League performance against Besiktas on Tuesday has the league leaders firing on all cylinders ahead of their Saturday afternoon hosting the capital club. Besides Manuel Neuer’s continued absence, however, Jupp Heynckes will also have to do without James, who missed training on Wednesday with a calf problem sustained in the European win. Boateng is also sidelined, but fellow centre-back Mats Hummels returns alongside Niklas Süle. Wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both start.
Pal Dardai makes a couple of changes to the Hertha side that lost 2-0 at home to Mainz last weekend. Mathew Leckie and Davie Selke start, with Per Skjelbred dropping to the bench and Vedad Ibisevic out with a broken nose. Midfielder Ondrej Duda is among the substitutes following injury.
Watch: Hertha held Bayern to a draw in the earlier fixture this season!
Bayern: Ulreich – Rafinha, Süle, Hummels, Alaba – Martinez, Thiago – Robben, Müller (c), Ribery – Lewandowski
Subs: Starke, Wagner, Bernat, Rudy, Vidal, Tolisso, Coman
Absentees: Neuer (foot), James (calf), Boateng (ill)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Hertha: Jarstein – Pekarik (c), Stark, Torunarigha, Plattenhardt – Darida, Lustenberger – Lazaro, Leckie, Kalou – Selke
Subs: Kraft, Skjelbred, Esswein, Duda, Mittelstädt, Weiser, Dardai
Absentees: Kade (ankle), Schieber (muscle problems), Maier (ill), Ibisevic (nose)
Coach: Pal Dardai
- Robert Lewandowski is set to make his 250th Bundesliga appearance. Only Gerd Müller scored more goals in his first 250 top-flight outings (216 to 171).
- If Lewandowski finds the net against Hertha, it will be the 12th successive league match at the Allianz Arena in which he has scored, giving him sole ownership of the Bundesliga record he shares with Heynckes and the aforementioned Müller.
- Bayern are unbeaten in their last 13 Bundesliga matches against Hertha (W11, D2) and have not lost at home to the Berlin club in over 40 years.
- Hertha have only lost one of their last eight away games in the Bundesliga.
- Salomon Kalou was part of the Chelsea team that beat Bayern on penalties at the Allianz Arena to win the 2012 Champions League.
- Hertha gave kept more clean sheets (seven) than Bayern (five) in their six Bundesliga outings this year.