​Jurgen Klinsmann is back in the Bundesliga for the first time in a decade after replacing Ante Covic at Hertha Berlin, and will host underperforming Borussia Dortmund at the Olympiastadion on Saturday in his first game in charge.


The man in the opposite dugout, Lucien Favre, could easily be the next man to follow Covic in being sacked, following a string of poor results that has left Dortmund in sixth place in the Bundesliga and with their Champions League qualification hopes hanging by a thread.

Add to that a clash with star winger Jadon Sancho, and this could be it for the former Nice man should BVB fail to win yet another game they should easily triumph in, on paper, against his old club.


Despite being just one place above the relegation zone Hertha will not be an easy test, and the Berlin side will be hoping to profit from the new manager bounce on Saturday.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Saturday 30th November
What Time Is Kick Off?14:30 (BST)
Where Is it Played?Olympiastadion
TV Channel/Live Stream?BT Sport
Referee?Sven Jablonski

Team News

Sascha Stegemann,Rune Jarstein

Rune Jarstein's red card in Hertha's 4-0 loss to Aubsburg means that 20-year-old third choice goalkeeper Dennis Smarsch is likely to start, with back-up goalie Thomas Kraft out with a neck injury.


Arne Maier is also available after making his first appearance since March in last week's hammering, but it is likely that Vladimir Darida and Marko Grujic will keep their midfield berths.

Paco Alcacer

​Dortmund will most likely have Paco Alcacer available after he missed the ​3-1 defeat to his former club ​Barcelona with a gash on his knee.


It is likely that Jadon Sancho will come back in after impressing off the bench in the Nou Camp, meaning Achraf Hakimi will revert back to left-back after having started on the right wing.


Predicted Lineups

HerthaSmarsch; Klünter, Stark, Boyata, Mittelstädt; Wolf, Darida, Grujic, Dilrosun; Ibisevic, Lukebakio
DortmundBürki; Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Hakimi; Witsel, Weigl; Sancho, Reus, Hazard; Alcacer

Head-to-Head Record

Julian Brandt,Marco Reus

This is a fixture that Borussia Dortmund have tended to come out on top of with relative ease in recent times.


Hertha have beaten BVB just once in the last 13 meetings between the two sides, back in March 2017.


That day a goal from former ​Chelsea man Salomon Kalou was enough to set the Berlin side on their way to a 2-1 victory in the capital.


Recent Form

Dedryck Boya,Davie Selke

The main reason that Hertha appointed Jurgen Klinsmann is their recent awful form. Die Alte Dame are without a league win in six.


Their terrible run has seen them slip to being outside the relegation zone on goals scored alone, so a victory in his first game will be ideal for the former ​Bayern Munich boss.

Trainer Lucien Favre

Klinsmann will take heart from the fact that Dortmund have been pretty shocking in recent times too. Lucien Favre's side went 3-0 down at home to relegation bound Padderborn off the back of a 4-0 humbling in Der Klassiker.


They sit five points off the top, and with Bayern regaining form under Hansi Flick, they need a victory on Saturday to keep any realistic title hopes alive.


Here's how the two have got on in their last five games...

HerthaDortmund
Augsburg 4-0 Hertha (24/11)Barcelona 3-1 Dortmund (27/11)
Hertha 2-4 RB Leipzig (9/11)Dortmund 3-3 Paderborn (22/11)
Union Berlin 1-0 Hertha (2/11)Bayern 4-0 Dortmund (9/11)
Hertha 3-3 Dynamo Dresden (5-4 on pens) (30/10)Dortmund 3-2 Inter Milan (5/11)
Hertha 2-3 Hoffenheim (26/10)Dortmund 3-0 Wolfsburg (2/11)

Prediction

Davie Selke,Abdou Diallo

With Dortmund's recent poor form and the unknown quantity of Hertha Berlin under Klinsmann, this game is very difficult to predict.


The safest option therefore seems to be to go with a draw. Whether that would be enough to keep Lucien Favre in the job remains to be seen.​


Prediction: Hertha Berlin 1-1 Borussia Dortmund