bundesliga.com previews a clash between two sides with vastly different agendas for the remainder of the campaign...
HSV head coach Josef Zinnbauer will be determined to restore confidence to the side after Matchday 21's 8-0 drubbing at FC Bayern München left the club hovering dangerously close to the bottom three. At the other end of the spectrum, meanwhile, points are just as essential for a Gladbach outfit chasing European football.
Left-sided specialist Marcell Jansen misses out after picking up a muscle tear last weekend. Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Valon Behrami are still unavailable, but right-back (r.) could return to the Red Shorts' first XI, while Croatian midfielder Ivo Ilicevic is available again following injury.
Seven-goal leading scorer Max Kruse and fleet-flooted winger (l.) can expect to return to the starting line-up after only making substitute appearances in Thursday's UEFA Europa League last-32 first leg defeat to FC Sevilla. Rhineland derby match-winner Granit Xhaka is suspended.
has been one of the port city club's more consistent performers since the winter break, creating plenty of openings and scoring one himself. The nimble Hungarian is a tricky customer with a cultured left foot and will look to put those tired Gladbach legs to the test at the Imtech Arena.
should be feeling pretty sprightly, mind, having only made an 11-minute cameo in Seville. The 26-year-old attacker hasn't scored since Matchday 17, but has started all four of the Foals' league games in 2015, so it's surely only a matter of time before he gets back on the Foals' scoresheet.
(HSV captain, r.): "We have to rebuild confidence. We are still in a tough situation, but Gladbach is a very different game."
(Gladbach captain): "If we want to play in Europe next season, we have to get something from the game in Hamburg - preferably all three points.""
Hamburg suffered their worst ever Bundesliga defeat in Munich last weekend and remain the 2014/15 campaign's most timid outfit in front of goal with just 14 Bundesliga strikes to their name in 21 outings. Mönchengladbach, meanwhile, have won three from five in all competitions since the winter break, all by a score of 1-0.
One goal decided the reverse fixture as Borussia made it three victories on the spin against HSV, who haven't beaten Lucien Favre's side for two years and have only done so three times on home soil in the last ten years.
Hamburg: Drobny - Diekmeier, Djourou, Rajkovic, Ostrzolek - Jiracek, Diaz - N. Müller, Stieber, Gouaida - Olic
Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke, Brouwers, Stranzl, Alvaro Dominguez - Kramer, G. Xhaka - Herrmann, Traoré - Raffael, M. Kruse