Hertha BSC – TSG Hoffenheim
Hertha crumbled late on at Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday as Jos Luhukay’s side, 4-2 up going into injury time, drew 4-4. Not a great week then on the pitch or indeed off it, with Salomon Kalou fined for moaning about the way he’s been treated having not started any of Hertha’s last five games.
Hoffenheim were another side to suffer late on during the week as they lost 1-0 at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Markus Gisdol’s team certainly have the attacking prowess to take Hertha apart with the likes of Roberto Firmino and Kevin Volland. Winning away is something they’ve only done once so far this season but Hertha may be a little fragile after Wednesday – a Hoffenheim win is at 2.75.
SC Freiburg – Hannover 96
After Saturday’s results, Freiburg know that a win will lift them off the bottom of the Bundesliga for Christmas (and in turn, put Borussia Dortmund in last place for the winter break). Freiburg were beaten 2-0 in the week by Bayern but for the visit of Hannover, Vladimir Darida and Jonathan Schmid are both available again.
It was this fixture last year that brought about the end of Hannover coach Tayfun Korkut’s predecessor, Mirko Slomka as the 96 finished 2013 in the bottom six. With a victory though at Freiburg, Hannover will be within a point of the top four. A draw in what is the final Bundesliga game of 2014 looks most likely, at 3.35.