Hamburger SV and VfB Stuttgart, two of the Bundesliga's biggest clubs, meet at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday of Matchday 19 with a crucial three points in the battle against the drop on the line (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT).
Coming into this one off the back of two straight 3-1 wins, 15th-placed Stuttgart are full of confidence ahead of the visit of a Hamburg side that have failed to win in the last four, slipping to 11th in the process.
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Hamburg pulled off a thrilling late comeback to take all three points in a 3-2 win against ten-men Stuttgart.
Matchday 19 - match facts
- Stuttgart are unbeaten in the last four top-flight games and boast a solid record since Jürgen Kramny took over (W2, D2, L1).
- Die Schwaben could win three games in a row for the first time this season.
- Hamburg are winless in the last four and have only taken one point in that time.
- The Bundesliga 'Dino' have never lost three games in succession under Bruno Labbadia.
- HSV are, however, significantly better on their travels than on home turf (14 points away from home, eight at home).
- Labbadia was Stuttgart coach from December 2010 until August 2013, finishing 12th twice and sixth. In two of those seasons, he led the club into the UEFA Europa League.
- In a tense relegation battle on Matchday 33 last season, VfB beat Hamburg 2-1, pushing HSV into the relegation spots. The Northern giants eventually escaped the drop by way of a tense two-legged relegation play-off against Karlsruher SC.
Stuttgart: Tyton - Großkreutz, Sunjic, Niedermeier, Insua - Serey Die - Rupp, Gentner, Didavi, Kostic - Werner
Absentees: Harnik (knee), Ginczek (back)
Hamburg: Adler - Diekmeier, Djourou, Cleber, Ostrzolek - Kacar, Holtby - Müller, Hunt, Ilicevic - Lasogga
Absentees: Spahic (stomach), Ekdal (light training)