Match Today: Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin BSC 05-11-2022 Bundesliga (German League)
Bayern Munich can climb to the top of the Bundesliga table even if it's only for 24 hours - by achieving a positive away result against Hertha BSC on Saturday.
In the meantime, the hosts are seeking to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat against the defending champions, in fact as for most German teams the Bayern match has not been an enjoyable game for Hertha in recent seasons after they beat the Bavarians in September 2018.
Given that Hertha BSC were routinely battling relegation while Bayern extended their winning streak with the title during this time frame, it may come as no surprise that they struggled to compete when they face them head-on.
Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin
However, despite heading into the weekend with only two points and two places above the bottom three it is clear that Hertha represents a much more solid defensive unit under their new coach Sandro Schwartz, with only five teams in the division offering better goals against records.
On the other side though, only the bottom two teams scored fewer goals than Schwartz's side as Hertha scored again in the 1-0 defeat away to Werder Bremen last time out as Niklas Volkrug's 85th-minute goal sent them away a fifth defeat in the league season.
Obviously finding the right balance against Bayern on Saturday will be a very difficult challenge, with Schwartz likely to focus his team's attention on stopping their dangerous opponents first and foremost before trying to move on as quickly as possible whenever the appropriate moments arise to do so.
Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich
Although they have yet to chase league leaders Union Berlin to the top of the table when both teams have played at least the same amount of games - Bayern have been in great shape since returning from the international break and have won nine of 10 games in all competitions.
The only flaw in that record was the 2-2 draw away to Borussia Dortmund last month, when Dortmund came two goals down to collect a valuable point but Julian Nagelsmann's side responded with three consecutive league wins while qualifying in the Champions League and Hertha Berlin.
Their 2-0 win over Inter Milan on Tuesday ensured they finished the group stage with the most points for the third time in four seasons, which was a huge achievement this time around given that they had succumbed to a draw alongside Barcelona too in many people considered the 'group of death' for this the campaign.
Eric Choupo-Moting continued his impressive scoring run with his seventh goal in six matches, having piled on misery by scoring his sixth and final goal in last weekend's 6-2 win over Mainz 05.
With Union Berlin and Freiburg not playing until Sunday afternoon due to Europa League commitments, even a point in the capital would be enough to see Bayern take the lead due to a superior goal difference, but anything less than a return to Munich with all three would be considered a huge disappointment.