Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin LIVE: Jadon Sancho and Co look to keep pressure on Bundesliga leaders with win at Signal Iduna Park
- Broussia Dortmund host Hertha Berlin this Saturday evening at 5:30pm BST
- UK viewers can watch the Bundesliga clash live on BT Sport 1/Ultimate
- Bundesliga title chasers are bookmaker’s 2/5 favourites to win at home
Borussia Dortmund welcome Hertha Berlin to Signal Iduna Park this evening in Bundesliga action.
Jadon Sancho will be hoping he can help guide Dortmund to another win this weekend after scoring a hat-trick against Paderborn last weekend to win 6-1.
Hertha Berlin have yet to lose since Bundesliga’s return and have kept a clean sheet in three out of four games since restart.
Sportsmail will provide live Bundesliga coverage of Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin including scores, lineups and build-up.
Much like the first half against Paderborn last weekend, Dortmund are struggling to find that final ball.
Jadon Sancho’s touch however appears to be impeccable, playing a brilliantly weighted ball into Guerreiro before the attack breaks down with Hertha standing firm.
Good play from Torunarigha there. The Hertha centre-back recovers the ball and then bursting down the left plays a clever ball which would have played Ibisevic in, but the forward does not read his pass.
Achraf Hakimi has been in fine goalscoring form this season as a wing-back, but it appears he is caught in two minds here after being played through by Sancho.
It allows Hertha to get back before the Real Madrid loanee fires into the side netting.
Really combative start from both sides here at Signal Iduna Park, both trying to use the flanks to expose the opposition’s defence.
No clear cut chances yet but there is a sense something is brewing beneath the surface.
Bit of possession now for the visitors amid the enhanced features provided by BT Sport broadcasting the game.
There is also evidence of the endeavour of this Hertha side, pressuring Dortmund to kick the ball straight out of play deep in their own half.
The hosts are moving the ball around confidently in the opening minutes here, switching the ball from right to left and vice versa.
All the players took a knee in commemoration of George Floyd’s death over a week ago before the visitors get us underway at Signal Iduna Park.
The players are preparing to make their way out at Signal Iduna Park, so will we see another Sancho masterclass or can Hertha keep up their brilliant run?
It appears there is some good news on Erling Haaland’s fitness, according to his father Alfie Haaland.
After their disappointment against Bayern nearly a fortnight ago, can Dortmund get back to winning ways on home soil here?
This may have been drummed up as a game that could go either way, but Hertha’s record at Signal Iduna Park has been lacking in recent years.
Hertha have won none of the last five meetings with Dortmund (drawn two, lost three), and their main nemesis has been Sancho, who has scored three times and registered three assists in just four league games against Hertha.
Their last win at the Westfalenstadion came in a 2-1 win in December 2013.
Boss Bruno Labbadia’s record in this part of Germany isn’t great either, having never won in Dortmund in seven previous attempts (three defeats)
Lucien Favre’s men have been in prolific form all campaign after hitting the net 80 times in 29 league games, just two shy of their record for a full Bundesliga campaign.
And with Hertha in free goalscoring form too, this could be a cracker and even surpass the 2-2 draw between these two at this ground last season.
Sancho was at the double that day in October 2018 but an added-time penalty from Salomon Kalou rescued a point for the visitors.
Winger Sancho was also on target in Dortmund’s win in Berlin earlier in the current campaign, where Thorgan Hazard also scored before Mats Hummels was sent off in a 2-1 win.
While veteran Marcel Schmelzer may be the only man with a Bundesliga goal to his name on the Dortmund bench, last week’s 6-1 drubbing of Paderborn shows the side have more than enough on the field in spite of the absences of Erling Haaland and Marco Reus.
Central to that is Jadon Sancho, who scored his first professional hat-trick last weekend in his first start since the restart.
But it hasn’t all gone the England international’s way this week after being hit by a hefty DFL fine.
Given the draws and defeats of the teams around them, Borussia Dortmund have a fantastic opportunity to give themselves some breathing space in the race for the Champions League places.
But they face one of the form Bundesliga sides in Hertha Berlin, Bruno Labbadia has overseen three wins and a draw since taking over during the Bundesliga hiatus, extending the team’s unbeaten run to six matches.
And playing with a renewed sense of confidence at the moment, they have scored 16 goals in their last six fixtures – one more than in their previous 16 league matches combined.
Another stern test facing Lucien Favre’s men this evening it appears.
Hertha Berlin XI to face Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Jarstein; Pekarik, Boyata, Torunarigha, Mittelstadt; Skjelbred, Grujic; Lukebakio, Darida, Dilrosun; Ibisevic
Mahmoud Dahoud, Marco Reus, Nico Schulz and Dan-Axel Zagadou and Erling Haaland are all injured and Mats Hummels is suspended, so Thorgan Hazard continues in a central role.
Borussia Dortmund XI to face Hertha Berlin: Burki; Hakimi, Piszczek, Akanji, Guerreiro; Delaney, Can, Witsel; Sancho, Hazard, Brandt
Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of the late Bundesliga game between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin.
Bayern Munich’s 11th win in a row to beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 means that the title is well and truly over, but with Borrusia Moenchengladbach, RB Leipzig and Leverkusen all dropping points, this is a good chance for Favre’s men to put some daylight between them and the chasing pack.
We will have team news for you shortly.
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