The second-ever Bundesliga Berlin derby takes place at an empty Olympiastadion this evening.
Hertha head into Friday night’s clash just one-point above their city rivals Union, who are in their debut top flight season with eight games to play.
Union Berlin were 1-0 winners in the first-ever Bundesliga meeting between these two back in November, thanks to a Sebastian Polter penalty three minutes from time.
The two confirmed lineups for this evening’s game are as follows:
Rune Jarstein; Peter Pekarik, Dedryck Boyata, Jorgan Torunatigha, Marvin Plattenhardt; Per Skjelbred, Marko Grujic; Dodi Lukebakio, Vladimir Darida, Matheus Cunha; Vedad Ibisevic
Substitutes: Dennis Smarsch, Marton Dardai, Lukas Klunter, Maximilian Mittelstadt, Arne Maier, Lazar Samardzic, Jessic Ngankam, Krzysztof Piatek
Krzysztof Piatek is only named among the substitutes in an otherwise very young and inexperienced bench named by recent appointed Bruno Labbadia. The former VfB Stuttgart head coach goes with Vedad Ibsevic for whom he worked with a decade ago. Regular first teamer Maximilian Mittelstadt is dropped in favour of 33-year-old experienced Peter Pekarik this evening.
Rafal Gikiewicz; Florian Hubner, Michael Parensen, Marvin Friedrich; Christopher Trimmel, Grischa Promel, Robert Andrich, Ken Reichel; Marcus Ingavartsen, Marius Butler; Sebastian Andersson
Substitutes: Moritz Nicolas, Neven Subotic, Christian Genter, Joshua Mees, Julian Ryerson, Yunus Malli, Felix Kroos, Sebastian Polter, Anthony Ujah
Top scorer Sebastian Andersson is back in the starting lineup after being dropped from the starting XI versus Bayern Munich last week. They can take a positive from that 0-2 defeat in that they only allowed two efforts on target from the Bundesliga leaders. Experienced centre-back Neven Subotic drops to the bench.