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DFB-Pokal | Round of 16
Dec 6, 2023 at 7.45pm UK
Olympiastadion Berlin
Hamburg logo
Hertha Berlin
3 - 3
Hamburger SV
Reese (21', 90'), Kenny (120')
Karbownik (26'), Scherhant (45+2'), Niederlechner (60'), Kenny (107')
Pherai (31'), Benes (43'), Konigsdorffer (102')
Pherai (24'), Jatta (40'), Meffert (90+1'), Glatzel (90+7')
Hertha Berlin win 5-3 on penalties

Preview: Hertha Berlin vs. Hamburger SV - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's DFB-Pokal clash between Hertha Berlin and Hamburger SV, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Hamburger SV will travel to the capital to face fellow 2.Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin in Wednesday's DFB-Pokal tie.

The hosts are unbeaten in six competitive games, while the visitors have lost just one of their previous nine matches.

Match preview

Hertha Berlin's Haris Tabakovic celebrates scoring their third goal with Jonjoe Kenny on November 1, 2023© Reuters

Hertha are competing in the last 16 for the fourth time in six seasons after they eased through the opening two rounds of the Pokal.

They began their cup campaign with a dominant 5-0 victory over fourth-tier Carl Zeiss Jena, before recording a 3-0 win against Bundesliga club Mainz.

That commanding victory over top-flight opposition has helped Hertha embark on a six-game unbeaten run (W3, D3), where they have scored at least two goals in five of those matches.

After playing out three consecutive draws, Pal Dardai's side returned to winning ways with a resounding win against Elversberg on Sunday, with Florian Niederlechner netting a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory that leaves Hertha in eighth place and seven points adrift of third-placed Hamburg.

While they will be keen to catch Hamburg in the league, their current priority will be to get the better of die Rothosen in Wednesday's cup tie, as they dream of reaching the quarter-final stage for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign.

Hamburger SV's Immanuel Pherai celebrates scoring their second goal on December 1, 2023© Reuters

In contrast to their opponents, HSV have had to battle hard against two third-tier sides to secure their place in the last 16 for the second time in three seasons.

They claimed a 4-3 extra-time victory to squeeze through their first-round tie with Rot-Weiss Essen, before they held their nerve from the penalty spot to win a shootout against Arminia Bielefeld in their most recent cup outing.

Hamburg will head into Wednesday's contest off the back of an eventful derby clash with rivals St Pauli, where they fought back from two goals down to rescue a point thanks to second-half efforts from Robert Glatzel and Immanuel Pherai.

Although their promotion bid is their primary focus, Tim Walter's side will also be looking to produce a memorable cup run, just like in 2021-22 when they made their way to the semi-finals before falling to defeat against Freiburg.

HSV, who won the last of their three Pokal trophies in 1987, may be able to draw confidence from the fact that they have already beaten Hertha this season, cruising to a 3-0 home win when the two sides met back in August.

Hertha Berlin DFB-Pokal form:

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Team News

Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai reacts on November 1, 2023© Reuters

The hosts are without the services of Palko Dardai, Bence Dardai, Jeremy Dudziak, Agustin Rogel and Ibrahim Maza.

Experienced defender Toni Leistner is also a doubt for the midweek cup tie after he missed the win over Elversberg due to an injury issue.

Having scored five goals in his last three competitive appearances, Niederlechner will look to continue his rich vein of form when he lines up against Hamburg on Wednesday.

As for the visitors, they are still unable to call upon Ludovit Reis and Anssi Suhonen due to shoulder and leg injuries respectively.

Bakery Jatta, who missed the derby through suspension, is expected to come back into the starting lineup for Wednesday's cup tie.

Full-back William Mikelbrencis and winger Jean-Luc Dompe are also set to return to the side after they dropped down to the bench on Friday.

Hertha Berlin possible starting lineup:
Ernst; Kenny, Gechter, Kempf, Zeefuik; M. Dardai, Klemens; Winkler, Niederlechner, Reese; Tabakovic

Hamburger SV possible starting lineup:
Raab; Mikelbrencis, Ramos, Ambrosius, Muheim; Pherai, Meffert, Benes; Jatta, Dompe, Glatzel

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We say: Hertha Berlin 2-2 Hamburger SV

Having been taken to extra time in their opening two cup ties, Hamburg may be bracing themselves for another close-fought contest.

While we believe that the visitors will be taken the distance, we think that they will hold their nerve to get the better of Hertha inside 120 minutes.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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