Union’s leading scorer Sebastian Andersson, who was on the bench against Bayern, returns to the starting line-up. Hertha make one change from the team that trounced Hoffenheim: Vladimir Darida replaces Maximilian Mittelstadt.
Hertha Berlin (4-2-3-1) Jarstein; Pekarik, Boyata, Torunarigha, Plattenhardt; Grujic, Skjelbred; Lukebakio, Darida, Cunha; Ibisevic.
Substitutes: Smarsch, Klunter, Mittelstadt, Dardai, Dilrosun, Maier, Samardzic, Piatek, Ngankam.
Union Berlin (3-4-2-1) Gikiewicz; Friedrich, Hubner, Parensen; Trimmel, Promel, Andrich, Reichel; Ingvartsen, Bulter; Andersson.
Substitutes: Nicolas, Subotic, Ryerson, Mees, Malli, Kroos, Gentner, Polter, Ujah.
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin from the Olympiastadion. This is both a football match and a social experiment: in the next few hours we should find out whether the lack of a crowd affects the traditional intensity of a derby game.
The return fixture in November, which Union won 1-0, was played in a spectacular and occasionally malevolent atmosphere. Flares won’t stop play tonight, and we won’t see Union’s keeper Rafal Gikiewicz dissuading supporters from coming on the field. But this is still a huge occasion, the first time Hertha have ever hosted Union in the Bundesliga.
The fact they are next to each other in the table makes the match even more intruiging. Hertha’s excellent 3-0 win at Hoffenheim last weekend moved them above Union, who lost at home to Bayern Munich. Both teams look safely ensconced in mid-table for the rest of the saeson, but nobody will be calling this a meaningless match.
Kick off 730pm BST, 8.30pm CET.