With a third of the 2015/16 season done and dusted, bundesliga.com is checking in with all 18 clubs to see where they are at after 12 matches.
In view of their recent close shaves Hamburger SV would take a season without any relegation worries, and to that end Bruno Labbadia's men appear to be heading in the right direction…
The story so far
Labbadia was rewarded for saving the northern giants in a relegation play-off last season by being handed the responsibility for building a brighter future for the only club never to have been relegated from the top flight of German football. With a third of the season gone, the first building blocks appear to have been put in place.
It may not have looked that way when they were beaten 5-0 by FC Bayern München on Matchday 1, but the Red Shorts have since got over their opening-night nerves to win a third of their opening 12 games and draw three, establishing themselves firmly in mid-table - still with room for improvement, but at least away from the pressure of a relegation scrap.
- Hamburg have become much more stable in defence this term: after a rude awakening in Munich on Matchday 1, they have conceded just 11 in as many matches since, keeping five clean sheets – more than 15 of their Bundesliga rivals.
- Only Ingolstadt have conceded fewer first-half goals (two) than Hamburg (four) this season.
- Hamburg have picked up twice as many points on their travels (ten) as they have at home, with only three sides more successful on the road.
- Pierre-Michel Lasogga is the main man in the Hamburg attack, with five of his 29 attempts hitting the back of the net – already more effective than his four in 65 attempts last season.
- The club's top-scorer has accounted for 45 per cent of HSV's goals (five of 11).
- Emir Spahic has won 64 percent of his tackles – more than any of his team-mates.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who saved Hamburg in the play-offs two seasons ago seems keen to ensure that there will be no overtime to the Red Shorts' season this time around. His five goals have helped an efficient Hamburg side pick up already almost half the points they gained in the whole of last season. Difficult to mark and even harder to shake off the ball, he combines his physical strength and power in the air with an accurate eye for goal and a shot which packs a punch.
Most memorable quote
"We have not picked up the points our performances deserve. We can't sit back now – we have to fight tooth and nail for every point and every goal we can get."
Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia on the season so far.
Emir Spahic brings plenty of international experience and the resolve which Hamburg were looking for to go alongside Johan Djourou at the heart of defence. The Bosnia and Herzegovina stopper has missed just one game this season, with his involvement making the HSV rearguard far more secure. His ability to launch the ball out of the defence and find a team-mate, meanwhile, has proved an additional attacking weapon for Labbadia.
Explore the ups and downs of Hamburg's campaign so far by clicking on the link to our interactive standings.