Hertha look to ex­ert pres­sure on lead­ers Bay­ern as league re­sumes

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Ger­man Bun­desliga re­turn tonight as third-placed Borus­sia Dort­mund wel­come sec­ond-placed in a top of the ta­ble en­counter.

Hertha Ber­lin will be look­ing to ex­ert some pres­sure on league lead­ers FC Bay­ern Mu­nich while Dort­mund en­gage in a catch up game. Thomas Tuchel’s men made an elec­tric start to the sea­son, scor­ing 20 goals in the four games fol­low­ing the shock 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig on Match­day 2. Dort­mund were brought back down to earth with a thud last time out, though, fall­ing 2-0 to Bayer 04 Lev­erkusen.

The re­sult left Die Sch­warzgel­ben third, four points be­hind lead­ers Bay­ern, and one from the vis­it­ing cap­i­tal club, who are sec­ond. Hertha spent 20 weeks in the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League places last term be­fore fin­ish­ing sev­enth, but they have dis­pelled any no­tion that last sea­son’s form was a de­vi­a­tion from the norm, win­ning four of their six games so far, with their sole de­feat com­ing at the hands of cham­pi­ons Bay­ern on Match­day 4To­mor­row, lead­ers Bay­ern will be count­ing on their in-form striker Robert Le­wandowski who have av­er­aged 20 goals a sea­son since join­ing Borus­sia Dort­mund from KKS Lech Poz­nan in 2010.

With five Bun­desliga strikes al­ready this term—as well as a hat-trick in Poland’s FIFA World Cup 2018 qual­i­fy­ing win over Den­mark—the 28-year-old looks set for goals in the to­mor­row’s match against Frankfurt. The matches will be live on Star­Times. Across in the French Ligue 1 fo­cus on the top billing match as Toulouse host Monaco tonight.

Monaco led the league in the first few weeks and is now at the sec­ond spot of the league ta­ble, only a point be­hind the league lead­ers Nice.

They marked the last month with a heavy de­feat at Nice be­fore win­ning at home against Angers.

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