bundesliga.com looks ahead to Matchday 7's meeting between two of the current campaign's high-profile underachievers...
Dortmund already have seven points to make up on Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München after winning just two of their first six games of the campaign. Their current seven-point tally actually puts them closer to Hamburg in the standings, with the struggling northerners one of three sides without a win this term.
Jürgen Klopp may well plump for the same starting XI that dispatched RSC Anderlecht in Europe in midweek. Ciro Immobile started that one in the lone striker's role, although Adrian Ramos (pictured) scored twice from the bench. Messrs Reus, Mkhitaryan, Gündogan, Blaszczykowski, Sahin and Kirch are all out injured.
HSV skipper (pictured) returned to training this week following injury. Nicolai Müller was also involved after shaking off a knock, but first-choice goalkeeper Rene Adler has been ruled out for a few weeks with a knee problem.
In the absence of the likes of Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, continues to be the driving creative force for Jürgen Klopp's men. The Japan international wreaked havoc in the Belgian capital in midweek in a performance not all that far away from his pre-Manchester United FC best.
There's certainly more about HSV as an attacking unit since joined the club on loan from Tottenham Hotspur FC. Always looking for the opposition goal, it's only a matter of time before he adds a first Bundesliga strike in Hamburg colours to last weekend's assist.
Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund head coach): "The Bundesliga is the most important competition for us."
Josef Zinnbauer (Hamburg head coach): "If we keep playing the way we have been, we'll be rewarded eventually. The lads have shown what they're made of."
Despite drawing one and losing two of their last three domestically, Dortmund made it two from two in the UEFA Champions League with victory over Anderlecht on Wednesday. Hamburg scored their first league goal of the season in last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, but the wait goes on for that first win of the campaign.
BVB racked up a 6-2 success the last time the two sides met at the Signal Iduna Park in September 2013. Hamburg came away from Dortmund with all three points in 2012/13, though, courtesy of a barmy 3-2 victory.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Durm - Bender, Kehl - Aubameyang, Kagawa, Großkreutz - Immobile
Hamburg: Drobny - Diekmeier, Djourou, Westermann, Ostrzolek - Behrami, Arslan - Stieber, Holtby, Jansen - Lasogga