- Darmstadt 15th on eight points, Hamburg bottom with just four.
- The hosts have lost their last four Bundesliga outings.
- Hamburg still without a win all season.
SV Darmstadt 98 and Hamburger SV will be desperate to get points on the board when they meet in a relegation six-pointer at the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor on Sunday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Darmstadt made a bright start at FC Schalke 04 last time out, with Marcel Heller giving them a sixth-minute lead – but hopes of a first point away from home this season were dashed as the Royal Blues ran out 3-1 winners. Die Lilien have picked up all eight of their points this season at home, and will be looking to add to that tally against rock-bottom Hamburg, who are yet to win a game at all in 2016/17. After successive defeats to RB Leipzig, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Ingolstadt 04 and Schalke, Norbert Meier's men will be determined to stop the rot.
Hamburg coach Markus Gisdol endured another frustrating afternoon in last Saturday's Nordderby, as his side twice led through Michael Gregoritsch before settling for a draw against rivals SV Werder Bremen. The wait for a first win this season goes on, and while Die Rothosen are only four points from safety, they could at least move off the foot of the table with victory on Sunday. After encouraging performances against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Bremen, Hamburg now need to break their duck, and end a dismal winless run in the Bundesliga stretching back to the final day of last season.
- 15th-placed Darmstadt currently have eight points, twice as many as bottom side Hamburg. If Die Lilien win on Sunday, HSV will be at least six points from safety.
- Darmstadt have lost four Bundesliga matches in a row – equalling their club record from the 1981/82 season – and five in all competitions.
- Gisdol has been waiting ten games for a Bundesliga win, stretching back to his time in charge of Hoffenheim (four draws, six defeats).
- HSV managed a season-high 17 shots in last weekend's Nordderby.
- Gisdol's men also covered 118.3 kilometres in the 2-2 draw with rivals Bremen, more than in any other game this season.
- Nicolai Müller has had a hand in half of Hamburg's eight goals this season (three goals, one assist).