• Kauczinski takes charge of Ingolstadt for the first time.
  • Teams separated by just a point in final 2015/16 standings.
  • Both teams head into new campaign full of optimism.

Separated by just one point last season, Hamburger SV and FC Ingolstadt 04 get their 2016/17 campaigns up and running with an intriguing clash at the Volksparkstadion on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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While Ingolstadt may have been more than happy with their 11th-place finish last season, Hamburg – who edged them into tenth by a single point – will be keen to do even better this term. That is reflected in their summer transfer activity with the highly-rated Alen Halilovic joining from FC Barcelona, Filip Kostic arriving from VfB Stuttgart and USMNT international Bobby Wood coming from 1. FC Union Berlin.

Season preview: Hamburger SV

Season preview: FC Ingolstadt 04

Ingolstadt's major summer change has been on the bench, where the departed Ralph Hasenhüttl has been replaced by Markus Kauczinski. Their second season since promotion – regarded by many as the most difficult – sees them put to the test right from day one. But the Bavarians are confident they can repeat the 40-point haul that secured safety with time to spare last term.

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  • Halilovic became the second-youngest player to appear in the UEFA Champions League aged just 16 in 2012.
  • Kauczinski was named Coach of the Year 2015 by the German Football Association for his work with Karlsruher SC's youth team.
  • Although only formed in 2004, Ingolstadt are no longer the youngest Bundesliga club afterRB Leipzig became the 55th side to play in the German top flight.

The Venue: Volksparkstadion

Possible line-ups

Hamburg: to follow

Absentees: Dren Feka (groin)

Head coach: Bruno Labbadia

Ingolstadt: to follow


Head coach: Markus Kauczinski