Cologne - On Saturday 24 August 1963, Hamburger SV were one of 16 clubs to get the ball rolling in the newly-formed Bundesliga, starting out with a 1-1 draw at SC Preußen Münster.

A clock inside HSV's home stadium has been ticking ever since that game, commemorating the length of time they have been a Bundesliga club, but it could come to a stop this weekend, with Hamburg's proud record as a top-flight presence on the line against FC Schalke 04 (kick-off 15:30 CEST / 13:30 GMT).

bundesliga.com takes a look at what could prove to be an historic encounter in Germany's second city...

Hamburg must win, but even that may not be enough. If VfB Stuttgart beat SC Paderborn, 16th place and the play-off is the best HSV can hope for, while a draw between SC Freiburg and Hannover 96 could send them down on goal difference. Schalke, themselves keen to avoid UEFA Europa League qualifier, will be no pushovers either.

Captain (r.) is unavailable due to suspension and, unless Hamburg secure a place in the play-off, he will have already played his last game for the club. is set to take his place in the starting line-up, while could also be set for a final Redshorts appearance.

(l.) has not managed to recover from the injury he picked up during Schalke's win over Paderborn last week, but fortunately for coach Roberto Di Matteo, is available again and should start in what will be a makeshift back four.

Just under a year ago, netted the goal which secured HSV survival by virtue of an away goals win over SpVgg Gruther Fürth in the relegation play-off. Although he might not have scaled the same heights this season, his industry, energy and experience will be vital to the cause.

At the other end of the field, has not had the best of seasons by his own lofty standards either, having hit just nice goals goals this term. However, ten goals in eight appearances mean he'll fancy his chances of scoring this weekend.

Bruno Labbadia, head coach: "You can see that the pressure is getting to the players a bit, which is why we're trying to relax them, not by laying them down on the couch but about bringing them together, united. We've got to win this game and I believe we're capable of doing so."

Roberto Di Matteo, head coach: "Both teams want to win and there's quite a bit riding on this game. It's going to be a tough match for us. We've analysed our last game and discussed what we need to improve. We were too tense against Paderborn."

Neither have enjoyed a recent purple patch, although HSV were in their best form of the season (two wins and a draw) before defeat at Stuttgart last weekend. Schalke's six-game winless streak ended with a win over VfB, but they have since lost to 1.FC Köln and beaten Paderborn unconvincingly.

This will be their 94th meeting in the top flight with 35 wins each and 23 draws. Schalke won 3-0 on their last visit to northern Germany last season, while their earlier meeting this season ended in a goalless draw back in December.

Possible line-ups:

Hamburg: Adler - Diekmeier, Djourou, Westermann, Ostrzolek - Kacar, Jiracek - Stieber, Ilicevic, Olic - Lasogga

Schalke: Fährmann - Barnetta, Matip, Nastasic, Aogo - Höger, Neustädter - Farfan, Meyer, Choupo-Moting - Huntelaar

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The drama of the relegation battle has been simulated by EA Sports on FIFA 15 this week. You can check out how it ended in the video below, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel.