While there is nothing riding on this game for the hosts, this will be Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland’s chance to say a final goodbye to Signal Iduna Park and the famous ‘Yellow Wall’ before he departs for Manchester City.
Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 win against already relegated Fürth last time out mathematically secured a second-place Bundesliga finish, their sixth runners-up spot claimed across the last ten campaigns. While there is nothing riding on this game for the hosts, this will be Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland’s chance to say a final goodbye to Signal Iduna Park and the famous ‘Yellow Wall’ before he departs for Manchester City. Haaland has contributed to some significant entertainment on Dortmund soil of late, as seven of their last eight home games produced at least five goals. That sets this game up for a potentially exciting affair, particularly as Dortmund are the only side across Europe’s top-five leagues without a home stalemate this season. Incredibly, those home fixtures have also produced a Bundesliga-high 4.81 goals per match!
A 2-1 defeat to Mainz last time out means Hertha Berlin’s survival fight goes down to this final matchday. With a three-point cushion, but a considerably worse goal difference (-33) than Stuttgart (-19) heading into the final day, Hertha must do all they can to get at least a point from this game or else all eyes will turn to matters at Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena. Despite the onus being on the visitors to get a result, Hertha remain priced up as outsiders. Alarmingly, Hertha possess a worse unbeaten rate as pre-match outsiders in Bundesliga games (35 per cent) than all but Dortmund. Adding further doubts to Hertha’s survival bid is the fact only three sides have a lower away points haul than Felix Magath’s side, which suggests their battle to avoid the drop will go down to the wire.
Erling Haaland leaves Dortmund with the record of both the fastest player (50 games) and the youngest player to reach 50 Bundesliga goals. Now on 61 Bundesliga strikes, he looks to bow out by building on his four goals in three H2Hs against Hertha. Meanwhile, Marco Richter will look for a repeat of his second-half double in Hertha’s 3-2 win in the reverse fixture. Hertha are currently enduring the longest streak of losing on the final day amongst all 18 Bundesliga teams.