In a turn of fate, Swedish visitors Ostersunds will travel to Berlin to face eliminated Hertha knowing they will be in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Europa League.
Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany 07 Dec 2017 8:05 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Hertha have given up zero goals in their last three home European matches.
Expert Verdict: Oftentimes, there would very little reason for Ostersunds to go for it here, but with a win they would clinch the group. But in order for them to do that, they have got to figure out a way to score against the stubborn German side. In the end, that is likely to prove too difficult and they might just lose out on top spot.
Pal Dardai will be without injured midfielders Valentin Stocker and Vladimir Darida for this match.
A player that could, and probably should, be on the move soon is striker Davie Selke. He scored again at the weekend in their loss, and he will most likely want to leave to join a better side. The German has four goals in the competition so far including a goal against Athletic that also did not prove enough to keep his team alive in the tournament.
Hertha have three losses, a win, and a draw in their last five matches:
1-2 home loss vs Eintracht Frankfurt
0-2 win at Cologne
3-2 loss at Athletic Bilbao (UEL)
2-4 home loss vs Borussia Monchengladbach
3-3 draw at Wolfsburg
Defenders:Pekariki, Tournarigha, Rekik, Plattenhardt
Defensive Midfielders:Lustenberger, Maier
Attacking Midfielders:Leckie, Lazaro, Mittelstadt
Graham Potter looks like he will have a full side to pick from as his unlikely side looks to clinch the group win.
The unsung Ostersunds side has many heroes comprising it, but one of them stands above the rest. Their leading goal scorer in the league, Iranian Saman Ghoddos, also has led them in this competition. His five goals so far, including one in the win over Zorya, has helped them get close to winning a group that they were thought to have been cannon fodder in.
Ostersunds have three wins, a draw, and a loss in their last five matches:
2-0 home win vs Zorya (UEL)
0-0 draw at Jonkopings
1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao (UEL)
4-1 home win vs Elfsborg
0-1 win at Goteborg
Defenders:Pettersson, Mukiibi, Papagiannopoulos
Midfielders:Edwards, Bachirou, Nouri, Somi
Forwards:Ghoddos, Sema, Gero
The first meeting in Sweden back in September saw Ostersunds get a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin thanks to a goal from Brwa Nouri from the penalty mark.
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Hertha Berlin are at 11/10 to win, a draw is at 23/10, and an Ostersunds win is at 5/2.
Surprisingly, Hertha Berlin are heading out of the competition at this stage of the tournament. It's not been a fun time for them, and they will be out no matter what thanks to not picking up wins often enough.
As for Ostersunds, they have already clinched qualification and will be moving on to the round of 32. But they can do one better here with a victory. If they win this match, they will win the group and make sure they don't end up playing a team like Atletico Madrid or Celtic in the knockout rounds. They can also move on if Athletic Bilbao fail to win their match against Zorya.
Hertha have four points from the two group matches so far. Overall, the Berliners have four victories, three draws, and four losses there this season. As for Ostersunds, they have came through three rounds of qualifcation to get here. They had one win, a draw, and a loss away from home in those matches, and they have one win and a loss in the group so far. Overall, they have nine wins, six draws, and eight losses.
Ostersunds might just have the disadvantage in this match as they are done with their domestic season in Sweden. Their last official match was at home to Zorya a couple of weeks ago. So they will have to overcome some rustiness in this one.
A no for both teams to score is at 10/11 via Ladbrokes.
Hertha Berlin have not done very well in this competition overall, but they have not been losing very often at home in Europe. So a draw is the very least that they should expect here, and that will have to suit them.