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Leipzig with a chance to qualify for Europe in Berlin!

Tenth-placed Hertha BSC host Leipzig | Race for Europe: the situation heading into the final matchday | Kick-off 15:30 CEST in Berlin’s Olympiastadion | Reverse fixture ended 3-2 to the capital club

2018 season finale against Hertha BSC! On Saturday Die Roten Bullen play for the last time in the Bundesliga this season. The team must prove themselves against the Berliners (KO 15:30 CEST) and are looking for a win to qualify for Europe again.

We’ve put Hertha BSC under the microscope and looked at the possible scenarios in the race for Europe ahead of the game.

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The second clash against Hertha last season will be remembered for a long time:
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Leipzig qualified for the Champions League with a 4-1 win in Berlin

Season so far:

Hertha BSC have played a steady season and are midway in the table. The Berlin team found themselves in tenth place in the league at the end of the first half of the season, where they are still placed. Hertha can no longer climb up the table, but if they lose on Saturday and Augsburg win in Freiburg then would drop a place to eleventh.

With ten wins, ten losses and 13 draws, Hertha have 43 points, of which 24 have come in the second half of the season. They’ve picked up five wins and seven draws in their home ground, the Olympiastadion, this season.

The capital club were beaten twice by Leipzig last season. They got their own back in the first game of the current season with a 3-2 win in the Red Bull Arena. Two of the three goals came from former Leipzig man Davie Selke, who is Hertha’s top scorer this season with ten goals and four assists, together with Salomon Kalou (11 goals, three assists).

The last three:

  • 31st matchday: Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Hertha BSC
  • 32nd matchday: Hertha BSC 2-2 FC Augsburg
  • 33rd matchday: Hannover 96 3-1 Hertha BSC

Race for Europe:

It’s all to play for in terms of where Die Roten Bullen end up in the table heading into the final matchday of the season. Anything is possible between fourth and ninth. We explain the current table situation and how Die Roten Bullen can qualify for European football once again.
 
1st to 4th: Direct qualification to the Champions League 2018-19
As it stands, Bayern Munich, Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim occupy these spots
 
5th: Direct qualification to the Europa League 2018-19
As it stands, Leverkusen are fifth in the table
 
6th: Qualification to the Europa League qualifiers 2018-19 (the sixth-placed team begins their European campaign two weeks earlier than the team which finishes in fifth)
As it stands, Leipzig are sixth in the table
 
DFB-Pokal winners: direct qualification to the Europa League 2018-19.
FC Bayern and Eintracht Frankfurt meet in the final on 19th May in Berlin.
 
In addition, should FC Bayern secure the DFB-Pokal trophy, the teams placed fifth and sixth in the Bundesliga qualify directly for the Europa League, while the team in seventh goes into the qualifiers.
 
Should Frankfurt win the DFB-Pokal and finish in seventh place or lower in the league, the normal qualification places stand: The team fifth in the table go through to the Europa League directly and sixth place goes into the qualifiers.
 
However, should Frankfurt win the DFB-Pokal and finish fifth or sixth in the Bundesliga table, the seventh-placed team will go into the Europa League qualifiers.
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The match in Berlin is a real decider for Die Roten Bullen in terms of Europe

The situation for RBL:

The Champions League is harder to reach for Die Roten Bullen (50 points), as fourth-placed Hoffenheim and fifth-placed Leverkusen (both 52 points) are both a point away from qualifying for the Champions League and have much superior goal differences. In order to qualify to play with Europe’s best, Die Roten Bullen must win in Berlin and hope that Hoffenheim lose in Dortmund and Leverkusen lose in Hannover.
 
Should we win and Hoffenheim and Dortmund also win, we have the security of finishing sixth, which will grant us a place in the Europa League. However, Frankfurt (49 points), Stuttgart (48) and Gladbach (47) and all lingering close behind. Only a win in Berlin would be enough to secure a place on the European stage next year. 
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The team celebrate with the RBL fans in Berlin last season

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