• Hamburg coach Gisdol expected to name unchanged side.
  • Lamine Sane has returned to training.
  • Bartels could replace Pizarro.

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Hamburg head coach Markus Gisdol has "intensively prepared" his team for the Nordderby against SV Werder Bremen and, having picked up the first positive result in his tenure in the 2-2 draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim last time out, could well name an unchanged line-up. Pierre-Michel Lasogga offers an alternative option for the lone striker role, while Luca Waldschmidt is unlikely to start on account of his recent knee problems.

Watch: Highlights of Hamburg's 2-2 draw on Matchday 11:

Having made his first appearance of the season in the defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, Bremen's Claudio Pizarro may have to settle for a place on the bench should head coach Alexander Nouri wish to revert to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. Fin Bartels would be the player most likely to take the Peruvian's place. Nouri also admitted that he would "be sensible" when deciding whether to field centre-back Lamine Sane, who only returned to training during the week.

Watch: Highlights of Bremen's loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 11:

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Hamburg possible line-up: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Djourou, Jung, Douglas Santos - Sakai, Ostrzolek - Müller, Holtby, Kostic - Gregoritsch

Absentees: Wood (suspended), Adler (elbow), Spahic (adductor), Ekdal (ankle), Cleber (knee)

Coach: Markus Gisdol

Bremen possible line-up: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Sane, Moisander, S. Garcia - Grillitsch, Fritz - Bartels, Junuzovic, Gnabry - Kruse

Absentees: Caldirola (ankle), Eilers (groin), Sane (knee), Garcia (knee)

Coach: Alexander Nouri

Hamburger SV host SV Werder Bremen at the Volksparkstadion, with the game kicking off at 15:30 CET/14:30 GMT on November 26.

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