Borussia Dortmund conclude their 2021/22 season by hosting Hertha Berlin on Saturday afternoon.
Marco Rose will have been pleased with his side’s character to bounce back and win 3-1 at Greuther Furth following a morale-crushing 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich and a shocking 4-3 loss to Bochum in their prior two.
Destined for a runner-up finish this term, BVB end the campaign by hosting a Hertha side that is winless in its last two outings. Felix Magath’s men, however, still have plenty to play for with the possibility of facing a relegation play-off still alive – should they lose and Stuttgart win, that will be their fate.
Here’s 90min’s preview of this encounter.
When is kick off? Saturday 14 May, 14:30 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
What TV channel? Not televised in the UK, ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube channel
Rose will still have a very length injury list to contend with for this final game of the season.
The hosts will continue to make do without first-choice goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, defenders Mats Hummels, Thomas Meunier, Marcel Schmelzer and Mateu Morey, midfielders Mo Dahoud and Gio Reyna, and forwards Thorgan Hazard, Steffen Tigges and Donyell Malen.
The plethora of absences should see Axel Witsel start along with Manchester City-bound Erling Haaland as they play their last games for the club.
The visitors will be able to welcome back Stevan Jovetic into the matchday squad, although Magath is in a similar situation to his opposing manager in terms of absentees.
Hertha will have to go into the weekend without Marvin Plattenhardt, Marton Dardai, Alexander Schwolow, Rune Jarstein, Lukas Klunter and Lee-Dong Jun, while Linus Gechter, Marco Richter and Niklas Stark are doubtful to feature due to illness.
It’s been a solid campaign for Dortmund, who have averaged two points per game in the Bundesliga heading into the final matchday, but a final-day win to put a couple of really poor results out of mind and finish strongly will certainly be on the agenda.
That’s much easier said than done against a Hertha side with it all to play for.
To mark the occasion of Haaland‘s final appearance for the club, however, a win – inspired by the frightening Norwegian – is written in the stars.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Hertha Berlin