bundesliga.com has all the essential pre-match information ahead of the sides' meeting at the Imtech Arena...
For the hosts it's about survival. Being the Bundesliga's only ever-present side is a key part of HSV's identity, so they're desperate to pull away from the relegation zone. Dortmund have some breathing space in that regard, but will not be in a giving mood as they look to reel in the teams above them and push for European qualification.
Aside from Matthias Ostrzolek (r.) being suspended, Hamburg have a huge injury list to contend with. Lewis Holtby (shoulder), Pierre-Michel Lasogga (fitness), Marcelo Diaz and Slobodan Rajkovic (both knee), among others, will play no part on Saturday afternoon.
Nuri Sahin is almost certain to miss out with injury, while superstar (l.) is touch and go after suffering heavy bruising on his thigh in the DFB Cup on Tuesday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likewise a doubt with a back complaint, but Lukasz Piszczek, Kevin Großkreutz and Erik Durm are definitely absent.
Hamburg have by far the worst goalscoring record in the league this season with just 16 strikes to their name. In recent weeks, however, seems to have been on a one-man crusade to change that, scoring three of the team's seven goals in 2015, including their last two. He is the most-likely threat BVB will have to contend with.
Reus and Aubameyang have rightly taken plenty of plaudits recently, but the influence of cannot be overstated. A driving force from midfield, the dynamic 24-year-old has a superb range of passing, excels at both ends of the pitch and has two goals and three assists from his deep-lying role this term.
Joe Zinnbauer, Hamburg coach: “We need to be compact like we used to be. We have to go into the tackles and win them. When we attack we need to believe in ourselves - that’s the key to beating Dortmund. Even though they’re very strong, you always have a chance.”
Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund coach: “We’ve been able to build on each of our last victories. We’ve got a score to settle in Hamburg and I think they’ve taken enough points off us in recent years. We’re not exactly sure what to expect there in terms of their line-up and tactics, but it’ll be a very intense game.”
The hosts have take a solitary point from their last three Bundesliga outings and are in 15th place, just five points off the foot of the table. Meanwhile, BVB are flying: they've won their last four straight league games and eased into the DFB Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Hamburg marginally have the edge overall in this fixture, having triumphed 35 times to Dortmund's 33 in the 95 top-flight meetings to date. Strangely enough, despite HSV's struggles in recent seasons, they've always managed to do well against BVB, winning four of the last five matches and their last two at the Imtech Arena.
Hamburg: Drobny - Diekmeyer, Djourou, Cleber, Jansen - Kacar, Jiracek - Müller, Stieber, Gouaida - Rudnevs
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Kirch, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Gündogan, Kehl - Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Kampl - Aubameyang