The 2-5 loss in the reverse final against Schalke a week ago has pushed Hertha Berlin closer to the "relegation abyss." At the moment, the capital team is behind the closest safety position by 5 points with only 6 rounds left in the season (including this match). In fact, last season, Hertha only ranked 16th out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga and had to go through the playoffs (with a representative from the second division) to continue playing in the number one league of Germany for the 10th consecutive season.
Therefore, if Hertha continues to hold that position this season, it does not seem to be too bad, especially in the current context. Immediately after the defeat to Schalke, the team's management decided to sack coach Sandro Schwarz - an inevitable decision due to Hertha's poor form in recent times (losing 12/17 matches in the Bundesliga).
The face appointed to the hot seat is a "former player," Pal Dardai. The 47-year-old Hungarian coach played for Hertha for 14 years and then led Die Alte Dame twice (2015-2019 and about 10 months in 2021). This is considered a reasonable choice, except that Pal Dardai has been "unemployed" since November 2021 - the time when he was sacked by Hertha himself.
Therefore, this coach needs a little time to get used to the job of a coach as well as to understand the team's situation. Fortunately for him, Hertha's debut match is not only played at the Olympiastadion home ground but also against a not too heavy opponent: Werder Bremen.
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In terms of form, Bremen is not better than Hertha Berlin (both have 2 draws and 4 losses in the last 6 matches in the league). However, Ole Werner's team is still extremely stable in the safe area with an 8-point gap compared to the "danger zone." On away turf, Die Werderaner only enjoyed full joy in 1/8 matches in the past few Bundesliga rounds (losing 5).
That may be partly the reason why Bremen is the underdog in this match, but in any case, the 1/4 handicap that Hertha Berlin holds is still a positive thing because even though they are quite far behind in the standings and the form is not different. Statistics also show that Hertha won all 2 home matches that they