- Just one point between the two sides inside the bottom three.
- Ingolstadt occupy relegation berth; Hamburg in play-off position.
- Both beaten in opening fixtures of 2017.
Ingolstadt’s incentive for victory is a place outside the bottom two and Maik Walpurgis will be keen to see the same spirit his side showed at Schalke last weekend, albeit with a different result at the Audi Sportpark.
Hamburg suffered a setback at Wolfsburg on Matchday 17 and need an immediate return to winning ways if they are to keep their heads above water, although Markus Gisdol would arguably accept a repeat of the Matchday 1 1-1 draw to preserve their advantage over their hosts in a game where the priority is not to lose.
- Ingolstadt have lost back-to-back games for the first time under Maik Walpurgis.
- Hamburg have already lost 10 Bundesliga games this season. They had never previously lost more in the first half of a season.
- Ingolstadt currently have the worst home record in the Bundesliga this season. Should they beat Hamburg this weekend, however, that undesirable title would pass to HSV.
- Hamburg have already collected five red cards this season. Three of them, like at Wolfsburg last weekend, came before half-time.
- Lukas Hinterseer has scored Ingolstadt’s two Bundesliga goals against Hamburg.
- Michael Gregoritsch scored his first Bundesliga goal with a deflected free-kick against Ingolstadt last season.