- Winless Hamburg bottom with just three points.
- Bremen faring little better in 16th place, on seven points.
- Northern rivals facing off for a record 105th time in the Bundesliga.
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.
- Seven years ago, these two sides faced each other in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. For the past six seasons, at least one of the two clubs has been threatened with relegation.
- Bremen's Max Kruse was born in Hamburg but has never played for HSV in the Bundesliga. He has also never lost to them - and has been on the winning side on four of his five visits to the Volksparkstadion.
- These two northern German rivals are set to face off for a record 105th time in the Bundesliga.
- HSV beat Bremen home and away last season - without those six points, they would have been in the relegation play-off.
- Last season, Hamburg had 14 points after 11 games, while Bremen had 10. At the same stage in 2016/17 it's just three points for Hamburg, and seven for Bremen.