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Preview: Freiburg vs. Hertha Berlin - predictions, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Bundesliga clash between Freiburg and Hertha Berlin, including team news and predicted lineups.

Freiburg prepare to welcome Hertha Berlin to the Schwarzwald-Stadion on Tuesday in their penultimate home game of the season.

The two sides are only separated by four points in the table, with Freiburg sitting eighth, while Hertha lie in 11th as things stand.

Match preview

Freiburg attacker Luca Waldschmidt pictured in October 2019© Reuters

Freiburg were unable to build upon their impressive win over Champions League hopefuls Borussia Monchengladbach as they drew 2-2 with Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Christian Streich's side quickly fell behind to a Wout Weghorst double before strikes from Lucas Holer and Roland Sallai salvaged a point for the Europa League hopefuls at the Volkswagen Arena.

As things stand, Freiburg remain four points off the pace for a spot in Europe, and Streich's side have now closed the gap on seventh-placed Hoffenheim to just one point following their defeat to RB Leipzig.

The onus is certainly on Freiburg to deliver in these final few games if they are to mount a serious charge for European football, especially with a fixture at champions-elect Bayern Munich to contend with next weekend.

Depending on what happens in Wolfsburg's game against Monchengladbach earlier in the day, Freiburg could very well sit just one point behind the former with a victory in midweek.

Bruno Labbadia pictured in March 2019© Reuters

Meanwhile, Hertha's strong form since the restart has since tapered off following two consecutive losses to Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Frankfurt ran riot against Bruno Labbadia's side at the weekend following Dedryck Boyata's red card, and Hertha's hopes of a spot in the Europa League have been quickly dashed.

Indeed, Hertha are very much in mid-table obscurity on 38 points at this late stage of the season, meaning there is little pressure on Labbadia's side as they look ahead to the 2020-21 campaign.

Die Alte Dame will be hopeful of picking up a good result when they travel to Freiburg, though, as they have only lost once in their last eight away matches, and Labbadia's men enjoyed a 1-0 victory over their opponents on home soil in December.

Hertha dropped down to 11th on Sunday following Schalke's hard-fought draw with Bayer Leverkusen but they can leapfrog Schalke and Frankfurt into ninth with a win at the Schwarzwald-Stadion in midweek.

Freiburg Bundesliga form: DLDLWD

Hertha Berlin Bundesliga form: WWDWLL

Team News

Hertha Berlin players celebrate scoring against Union Berlin in the derby on May 22, 2020© Reuters

Freiburg have no fresh injury concerns heading into the midweek clash with Hertha.

Defender Manuel Gulde remains out while Yoric Ravet is also a doubt for Streich's side, and the Freiburg manager may decide to switch up his options in attack.

Top scorer Nils Petersen started on the bench against Wolfsburg and is pushing for a start here, while Janik Haberer is also in contention.

Niklas Stark is likely to deputise in the heart of defence for Hertha as Boyata watches from the sidelines following his sending off at the weekend.

Per Ciljan Skjelbred was forced off early in the defeat to Frankfurt and it remains to be seen whether the Norwegian will recover in time for Tuesday.

Labbadia already has several players he is unable to call upon, including Salomon Kalou, Maximilian Mittelstadt and Marius Wolf, but Matheus Cunha is fit again and could play a part here.

Freiburg possible starting lineup:
Schwolow; Schmid, Heintz, Lienhart, Gunter; Koch, Hofler, Grifo, Sallai; Holer, Petersen

Hertha Berlin possible starting lineup:
Jarstein; Pekarik, Stark, Torunarigha, Plattenhardt; Grujic, Maier; Lukebakio, Darida, Esswein; Ibisevic

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We say: Freiburg 2-1 Hertha Berlin

At this point, Freiburg are very much the rank outsiders for the sixth and final European spot, but the race is still very much on. Hertha have a depleted squad and will not be brimming with confidence after their last two results, so we are going for a narrow home win.

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