Hertha Berlin  vs Bayern Munich preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups, and ones to watch
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Hertha Berlin will welcome Bayern Munich to the famous and stunning Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Sunday afternoon.

Hertha will come into the match having suffered an agonizing three-goal to two defeat against bitter local rivals Union Berlin in the round of 16 of the DFB Pokal which means the club is no longer involved in the competition.

Meanwhile, in the league, Hertha find themselves in a precarious situation because they sit in 13th place, and they are only three points above a relegation play-off zone. A victory would be massive for Hertha as it would boost their confidence and they could leapfrog VFL Bochum in 11th place.

However, should they lose they could find themselves in the relegation play-off place and only one point ahead of VFB Stuttgart in 17th.

In contrast, Bayern will come into the match off the back of a dominant four-nil thrashing of FC Köln as well as having a whole week to prepare due to them not being involved in the DFB Pokal.

Bayern have got a lot of daylight between themselves and rivals Borussia Dortmund in second and a victory on Sunday would bring the Bavarian Champions one step closer to reclaiming the Bundesliga title. However, should they lose and Dortmund win there would only be three points behind the two teams.

Team news

Hertha Head coach Tayfun Korkut has got a few major injury concerns ahead of the visit from Bayern on Sunday. Rune Jarstein will miss the match on Sunday while Fredrik André Bjørkan, Stevan Jovetic, and  Jordan Torunarigha are all doubts as they continue to recover from injury.

Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann has got injuries to a few key players. Alphonso Davies, Leon Goretzka, Kingsley Coman are all likely to miss out while Bouna Sarr and Eric Choupo-Moting are unavailable due to their participation in the Africa cup of nations.

Predicted lineups

Hertha Berlin: Schwolow, Pekarik, Stark, Boyata, Mittelstädt, Richter, Ascacibar, Darida, Serdar, Belfodil, Maolida

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Pavard, Upamecano, Süle, Hernandez, Kimmich, Tolisso, Gnabry, Müller, Sane, Lewandowski

Players to watch

Marco Richter

Hertha have very few bright sparks in their team and have continuous injury problems with Jovetic, however, one player that has started to become vital to them is midfielder Marco Richter

Richter is the club's joint-top scorer with five goals and no assists however he does so much more than just score goals. In a team with very little quality, he runs directly at players and is involved in almost all of Hertha's attacks. He will be vital if they want any chance of beating Bayern on Sunday.

Robert Lewandowski

What more can you say about Robert Lewandowski. If it wasn't for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo many people would agree that he is arguably the best player in the world. Season after season for Bayern he continues to score a ridiculous amount of goals and he doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon.

So far this season he has scored a mind-boggling 32 goals in just 25 matches that finds him miles clear in terms of the club's top scorers chart. He is also on course to retain the European Golden Shoe as he is currently five goals ahead of Patrick Shick in second. Lewandoski will be hoping to add to his tally on Sunday.

Last time out

The last time these two faced each other was on matchday three where Bayern gave Hertha a lesson in how to play football as they ran out five-nil winners.

Bayern started the match at a quick pace and got their first goal of the match in the sixth minute. Davies made brilliant progress on the Bayern wing before whipping a deadly ball into the box for Thomas Muller whose right-footed shot nestled in the bottom left-hand corner of the Hertha goal. 

Hertha got their first chance of the match in the 21st minute. Suat Serdar engineered space for himself in midfield before threading a ball to Lucas Tousart on the right-hand side of the box however his resulting shot was straight at Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal.

Bayern got their second goal ten minutes before halftime. Serg Gnabry bedazzled a couple of Hertha defenders before whipping a ball into the box that Lewandowski got his head on and sent a thunderous header towards the goal but it hit the crossbar. Fortunately, it bounced kindly for him and he hammered in the rebound.

Bayern started the second half like the first and got the same result when they got their third goal in the 49th minute. Thomas Muller picked up the ball in midfield and bewildered the Hertha defence before passing a ball to wonderkid Jamal Musiala whose laser-guided shot found the bottom right-hand corner of the goal.

By this point, Hertha started to defend deep and try to keep the scoreline down however it did not work, as Bayern got a fourth goal in the 70th minute. Leroy Sane picked up the ball on the wing before galloping past a few Hertha defenders and firing a cross into the box. The cross found Lewandowski who cooly passed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

Bayern got their fifth goal in the 84th minute with Lewandowski again on the scoresheet to complete his hat trick. Bayern played a quick short corner and put a ball into the box that was flicked on by Tanguy Nianzou to Lewandowski directly behind who from two yards out could not miss.

 

How to watch

Fans in the UK will be able to watch the match via the Sky Sports app while fans in the US can tune into the match using ESPN+.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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