The 2015/16 Bundesliga season is now at the halfway stage, providing the ideal time to take stock of each club's progress so far. Here, bundesliga.com puts Hamburger SV under the microscope.
The story so far
Hamburg appear to be going through a much-needed season of consolidation after finishing in the relegation play-off spot in each of the last two campaigns. The Red Shorts have spent most of 2015/16 in and around mid-table, picking up priceless wins over the likes of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund along the way, and go into the new year with a decent shot at the European places.
- Hamburg have not conceded from a corner this season.
- HSV have conceded a league-low five first-half goals.
- Only FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund have picked up more points on the road than Hamburg (14).
Having a largely injury-free Pierre-Michel Lasogga at their disposal has made the world of difference for HSV. The burly striker has weighed in with six goals and three assists in 16 Bundesliga outings this term, whilst providing the all-important focal point in attack that the club so dearly missed for long stretches last season.
Take a look at our to unlock a whole new world of statistical goodness pertaining to Hamburg's efforts over the course of the first half of 2015/16.
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