Hertha Berlin make the 650 mile round-trip to Signal Iduna Park tomorrow as BVB will look to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Freiburg by recording their seventh consecutive home win, though they have lost after each international break this season.
BVB finally have a fully-fit squad again with Felipe Santana recovering from a back injury and Robert Lewandowski shaking off a cold, while Sven Bender and Steven Jovetic have recently returned to the first team after time out. Neven Subotic is likely to come back into the side, and Mario Götze is in line for a start.
BVB could go second tomorrow night with a win, with Bayer Leverkusen playing on Sunday.
Hertha Berlin are back in the top flight after relegation via the playoff in 2012, finishing 5th and 2nd in their two seasons in 2.Bundesliga, despite seven draws in their final ten games threatening to derail their campaign last season.
HBSC have lost four of their last five, but sandwiched in those defeats was a fantastic 3-2 win over Bayern Munich which saw top-scorer Pierre-Michel Lasogga hit a seven-minute hat-trick in the opening quarter of an hour. Lasogga has scored 11 of the club’s 18 goals this season.
Patricio Troncoso – the club’s only fee-paying transfer in the summer (Cobreloa, $400k) – is one of three absentees tomorrow as he recovers from a broken arm, while Nico Schulz is suspended after being sent-off on Saturday and Ermin Bicakcic (concussion) will also sit out the game.
Hertha BSC: 9-2
Last time the sides met was in the 2011-12 season, with Hertha winning 2-1 in Dortmund, and Dortmund winning 1-0 in Berlin. Tomorrow’s referee is Marco Fritz from Stuttgart who has taken charge of just two top-flight matches this season, showing five yellow cards. He refereed Dortmund twice last season; the home wins over Frankfurt and Bayern.