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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History

Matchday 2 rewind: Hamburg 3-2 Stuttgart

Goals: 0-1 Ginczek (23'), 1-1 Ilicevic (34'), 1-2 Ginczek (42'), 2-2 Lasogga (84'), 3-2 Djourou (89')

Hamburg pulled off a thrilling late comeback to take all three points in a 3-2 win against ten-men Stuttgart.

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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.

Possible line-ups

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)

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