bundesliga.com has all the pre-match essentials ahead of their meeting at the Commerzbank Arena...
The hosts are out to stop the rot and eager to prevent their form slump further ruining what looked to be a promising season just before winter. Hamburg are just two points above the drop zone and so are in dire need of a win. Curiously, a win will equal the points total they recorded over the full 2013/14 season.
Alongside long-term absentees Constant Djakpa and Luca Waldschmidt (both rehabilitation), Frankfurt are without first team regulars Carlos Zambrano and Haris Seferovic this week, both of whom are suspended. However, striker (pictured) could make his comeback after tearing his cruciate ligament back in August.
The visitors are still battling with a lengthy injury list, with Pierre-Michel Lasogga (thigh), Valon Behrami (knee), Lewis Holtby (collarbone), Marcell Jansen (muscle tear), Ivica Olic (r., thigh), Cleber (muscle tear) and Marcelo Diaz (knee) all out of action.
The Eagles have found the net just six times in five matches since the turn of the year, as opposed to averaging two per game prior to the winter break. Therefore they desperately need top scorer to rediscover his scoring touch against one of the more porous back lines in the league.
With Rafael van der Vaart seemingly out of favour and in light of HSV's injury crisis, has emerged as the club's new on-field leader, putting in a towering display against Gladbach last week. The former Arsenal FC centre-back will again be the focal point of the side here and much will depend on his performance.
Thomas Schaaf, l., Frankfurt coach: "Playing under floodlights is always special. The harmony and atmosphere in the squad is good."
Joe Zinnbauer, Hamburg coach: "Frankfurt are very strong at home but they recently lost in Mainz. Therefore, I'm expecting them to want to make amends."
Frankfurt have failed to hit their Hinrunde heights, winning just once in 2015, losing two and drawing two. Hamburg have fared marginally better - winning twice - but still bear the scars of their 8-0 thrashing away to FC Bayern, while they also conceded a last-minute equaliser against Gladbach last week.
HSV have by far the better record in this fixture, having won 41 of the 91 top-flight meetings so far. Frankfurt have triumphed just 28 times, with 22 draws. That said, the Eagles have had the upper hand more recently, are unbeaten in their last five encounters with Hamburg and won 2-1 back on Matchday 6.
Frankfurt: Trapp - Chandler, Russ, Anderson, Oczipka - Stendera, Hasebe - Aigner, Piazon, Inui - Meier
Hamburg: Drobny - Diekmeier, Djourou, Rajkovic, Ostrzolek - Jiracek, Westermann - Müller, Stieber, Gouaida - Rudnevs