Professionals | 14/05/2021

Matchday 33

The Number Crunch: Away against Hertha

1. FC Köln take on Hertha BSC this weekend in a hugely important clash at the Olympiastadion. FC will be hoping for a repeat performance of last season’s victory in the capital.

Sebastian Andersson got his name on the scoresheet for FC for the first time since the away game against VfB Stuttgart. The goal was one of the few positives for FC against Freiburg, as Andersson ended his 199 day wait to find the back of the net.

Home away from home

Sebastiaan Bornauw notched up his 50th Bundesliga appearance for FC at the weekend. He is just the second Belgian to tally 50 games in the top flight, with Roger van Gool (96) the only player ahead of Bornauw. 

FC’s strength has come in games away from Müngersdorf this season. 18 of the 29 points so far have come away from home, a record good enough for mid-table. A victory in the capital at the weekend would be the sixth this term – the most in a single season since the 2009-10 campaign.

Florian Kainz will be looking forward to returning to the Olympiastadion. FC’s Austrian winger scored his first Bundesliga brace for the club against Hertha in the 5:0 win last season.

Four players will be saying hello to their former employers at the weekend. Both Ondrej Duda and Marius Wolf were at Hertha BSC last season, whilst Jhon Cordoba and Lukas Klünter were recently in FC red and white.

No player in the Bundesliga has been fouled more often than Matheus Cunha. The Brazilian, who will miss the game at the weekend, has been fouled 74 times this season.

Hertha are currently on the longest unbeaten run in the league along with Mainz. The seven-game stretch has seen them pick up some crucial points, including eight from a possible 12 in the four matches since the quarantine came to an end.

Super Schwolow

Alexander Schwolow has been in fine form since Hertha returned to action. The Hertha shot-stopper has conceded just two goals in the four games after quarantine, saving 17 of the 19 shots on his goal. 

Hertha’s improvement in their form has been in large down to their much better home form. Pal Dardai’s side have taken 11 points from the last 15 on offer at the Olympiastadion. They have scored 10 goals in that period – almost half of their home goals tally overall.

Dedryck Boyata scored his first goal of the season for Hertha during the crucial 2:1 win against Schalke 04. The Belgian defender made a long-awaited return following the Corona break, and Hertha are unbeaten in that period.

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15DSC Arminia Bielefeld35
161. FC Köln33
17SV Werder Bremen31

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