Hamburger SV are determined to finally get a win on the board as they welcome fellow strugglers and arch rivals SV Werder Bremen to the Volksparkstadion on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT)
Eleven games, three draws, eight defeats. Hamburg's record this season doesn't make for pretty reading, and coach Markus Gisdol is still waiting for his first win after taking over from Bruno Labbadia. How he would love to get it against HSV's great northern rivals Bremen, who are just four points further up the table. The Red Shorts belied their league position with a solid performance against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim last time out, and a third straight Bundesliga win in the Nordderby could be just what the doctor ordered to finally get their season up and running.
The Bremen faithful have had precious little to cheer in recent weeks, with a dismal run of four straight defeats, but bagging the northern bragging rights this weekend would go a long way towards making up for it. After a last-gasp loss to Eintracht Frankfurt last Sunday, Alexander Nouri's men are determined to get back to winning ways. A first Nordderby win since April 2015 would give them a huge boost – and some much-needed breathing room at the bottom.