Although BVB have occupied a place in the Champions League qualification places for much of the campaign, just four points separates them from fifth.
A comprehensive 6-1 win over Paderborn on Sunday further consolidated their standing in second, but the chasing pack are still clinging to their coattails.
With this being one of the tightest Bundesliga campaigns for years, Lucien Favre will know his job is on the line after all but surrendering the title to Bayern Munich.
Hertha meanwhile have endured a helter-skelter season of their own but are still in the mix for a Europa League qualification spot, with the capital club just four points adrift sixth-placed Wolfsburg.
With both clubs looking to finish the campaign on a high note, this match has all the makings of a classic Bundesliga encounter.
Where to watch Borussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1/BT Sport Ultimate
- US: Fox Soccer 1
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Borussia Dortmund & Hertha Berlin’s confirmed line-ups:
- Borussia Dortmund: Burki; Akanji, Can, Piszczek; Hakimi, Delaney, Witsel, Guerreiro; Brandt, Hazard, Sancho.
- Hertha Berlin: Jarstein; Pekarik, Boyata, Torunarigha, Mittelstadt; Grujic, Skjelbred; Lukebakio, Darida, Dilrosun; Ibisevic.
Dortmund will continue to be without Erling Braut Haaland, who has struggled to overcome the knee injury he sustained against Bayern Munich. Favre will also have to make do without Mats Hummels, who is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
Dan Axel Zagadou, Mahmoud Dahoud, Marco Reus and Nico Schulz also remain on the sidelines. Axel Witsel returns to the starting XI after building up his fitness over these past few weeks.
Players to watch:
- Borussia Dortmund: Jadon Sancho. There is no question the England international is the man on everyone’s lip at the moment. Although he is very much in the early years of his career, the incisive forward has continuously demonstrated an aptitude to perform at the highest level, exemplified by his first career hat-trick at the weekend — the first from an English player in one of Europe’s major leagues (other than the Premier League) for 31 years. Those goals took his tally to 17 in the Bundesliga for the season, while he has also registered 16 assists. In fact, only Ciro Immobile (34) has been directly involved in more goals this season across Europe’s top five divisions than Sancho (33).
- Hertha Berlin: Krzysztof Piatek. Earmarked as the future Andriy Shevchenko upon signing for AC Milan in January 2019, Piatek looked destined to revolutionise the Rossoneri’s frontline, such was the form he showcased during his Genoa days. Unfortunately for the Pole his stint at the San Siro proved fleeting and he was ushered out of the door in this season’s winter window, with the Italian club instead turning their attention to a 38-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Since relocating to Germany, Piatek hasn’t quite hit the ground running but in recent weeks he has picked up his form and started to find the back of the net more consistently. With two goals in the previous two games Bruno Labbadia is likely to give his January recruit the nod.
Scoreline prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Hertha Berlin
Bundesliga 2019/20 recent form:
- Borussia Dortmund: WLWWW
- Hertha Berlin: WDWWD
Bundesliga 2019/20 table