Hertha Berlin V St Pat's Preview

  • Mon, Sep 15, 2008 @ 15:15

The final round of qualifying for the Uefa Cup sees Hertha Berlin take on St Patrick's Athletic in a match that will be shown live on Setanta Ireland.

The prize on offer for the winners of this two-legged affair is a place in the group stages of the competition, so this promises to be quite an engaging fixture.

Hertha are currently tenth in the German Bundesliga after four games of the new season played and drew 2-2 with Vfl Wolfsburg in their last match.

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Lucien Favre's side will be favourites to edge past their Irish opponents with plenty of experienced internationals in their squad, including Croatia's Josip Simunic, Ukraine's Andriy Voronin, and Serbia's Marko Pantelic.

Pantelic missed a penalty in that draw with Wolfsburg, but The Blue-Whites will be hoping that he finds his scoring touch in time to fire them to victory.

Midfielder Patrick Ebert might find his name scribbled on the teamsheet to start as Favre looks to field an attacking line-up and ensure they score in this first leg.

St Pat's will be boosted by the news that both Keith Fahey and Mark Quigley are expected to start the game in Berlin after overcoming niggling injuries.

Manager John McDonnell might have an issue at left-back though as Stephen Paisley, Dave Rogers, and Dessie Byrne have all missed matches recently. Stephen Brennan will be on standby to fill in, if Damian Lynch is employed in midfield.

The Super Saints are second in the eircom Premier Division and still in both the FAI Ford Cup and the Setanta Sports Cup, so their season could yet end in glory.

This match will be the big one for them though as it serves as a gateway through to the group stages of the Uefa Cup and the Dublin club have never been that far in the competition before.

If they can repeat the type of performance that saw them knock IF Elfsborg out in the previous round, then there is no reason why St Pat's cannot escape from Berlin with at least an away goal to keep the tie alive.

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