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Surviving via the play-offs last season, Hamburg desperately need a positive result to kick-start their campaign. Mirko Slomka has been replaced by Josef Zinnbauer as coach with the team bottom of the table, and the rookie's first task is to stop a Bayern side on a high after midweek UEFA Champions League success.
The hosts must again do without experienced duo Marcell Jansen, a former Bayern player, and captain , who are suffering from adductor and calf problems respectively. Tolgay Arslan could return to the starting XI, with USA international and Bayern loanee Julian Green dropping to the bench.
The Bavarians have selection headaches of their own, though. Holger Badstuber suffered another injury in the win over VfB Stuttgart, joining Thiago, Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger on the sidelines. Winger Franck Ribery is also a major doubt with a recurrence of a knee problem, but Arjen Robben should play.
emerged as a true leader in the Hamburg side in 2013/14, despite being there on loan. Now a permanent addition, the Red Shorts need him to rediscover his scoring touch if they are to take something from this game, particularly considering that Bayern, statistically speaking, will likely score at the Imtech Arena.
's performances since arriving in Munich in late August have belied his inexperience in German football. Excellent in the league and in Europe on Wednesday, he has the ability to take the game away from Hamburg with his vision and distribution. Zinnbauer may well consider deploying a man-marker on the 32-year-old.
Pep Guardiola: "The way we play is the most important thing. Not the system we use. Hamburg are very aggressive. We have to control the ball!"
Josef Zinnbauer: "Bayern are the hot favourites, so we can face them proudly. We have nothing to lose, and we’ll just take it from there."
Zinnbauer's charges have failed to score in their first three matches and suffered a wretched 3-0 defeat to SC Paderborn 07 in their last home game. Bayern, on the other hand, got past European heavyweights Manchester City FC on Wednesday and are breathing down the necks of league leaders Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
This fixture has provided precious little cheer for Hamburg supporters in recent years. HSV have lost their last five competitive meetings against the Reds, conceding a staggering 24 goals in the process. Nine of those came in one game, the now infamous 9-2 horror show for the Red Shorts in Munich in March 2013.
Hamburg: Adler - Diekmeier, Westermann, Djourou, Ostrzolek - Arslan, Behrami - Stieber, Holtby, Müller - Lasogga
FC Bayern: Neuer - Boateng, Benatia, Alaba - Rafinha, Alonso, Lahm, Bernat - Götze, Müller, Lewandowski
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