Hamburg – Hamburger SV and VfB Stuttgart have both had first-hand experience of the difficulties of a relegation battle in recent years, so will be desperate to get their season up and running on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CEST / 13:30 GMT) after each succumbed to defeat on the opening day of the season. takes a closer look at what has historically been feisty encounter...



Top facts

  • Hamburg have now failed to win on the opening day for five seasons running. It’s three years since they lost their first two games of the campaign.

  • Along with Hoffenheim, HSV are the only other Bundesliga team yet to win a competitive game in 2015/16 after also losing in the first round of the DFB Cup.

  • HSV haven’t lost a single one of their four competitive home matches under Bruno Labbadia.

  • Stuttgart ended a seven-game winless away run with victory at SC Paderborn 07 on the final day of 2014/15.

  • Labbadia was in charge of Stuttgart from December 2010 until August 2013.

  • Gotoku Sakai, who left Stuttgart for HSV earlier in the summer, scored one goal in 87 Bundesliga appearances for VfB.

  • Stuttgart could have been relegated if they’d have lost to HSV on Matchday 33 of last season, but instead leapfrogged their opponents thanks to a 2-1 win.

  • HSV have recorded more wins against Stuttgart than any other club (42), but are winless in their last four against the Swabian side (D1, L3).

Team news


Possible line-up: Adler - G. Sakai, Djourou, Spahic, Ostrzolek - Ekdal, Jung, Kacar - Müller, Schipplock, Gregoritsch

Absentees: Drobny (fitness), Jiracek (fitness), Stieber, Rudnevs, Gouaida (not included in squad)


Possible line-up: Tyton - Klein, Baumgartl, Hlousek, Insua - Rupp, Gentner - Didavi, Kostic - Harnik, Ginczek

Absentees: Langerak (muscle tear), Serey Die (muscle tear), Ibisevic (not included in squad)