The seasons of Hamburger SV and 1. FC Köln reach a junction this Sunday when they meet at the Volksparkstadion (kick-off 15.30CET/14.30GMT).

Hamburg find themselves three points behind their guests, who are still in the hunt for a place in Europe next season, but the Red Shorts remain the same distance from the relegation play-off position, which is currently occupied by northern Germany rivals SV Werder Bremen.

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Köln, meanwhile, head north knowing a win could see them close in on their local rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach and the top six, although a few nervous glances over the shoulder would have to be thrown in the case of defeat.

History

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Matchday 3 rewind: Köln 2-1 Hamburg

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Köln came from a goal behind to clinch a 2-1 win, with Rene Adler forced off for the guests with an injury and Emir Spahic seeing red after giving away a penalty in a full-throttle encounter.

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Match facts

  • Hamburg have picked up just one point from their last five Bundesliga matches, while they have lost their last three home matches.
  • There have been only two longer such series in HSV's history: in 1997 they lost five in a row at home, while two years ago they were beaten in four consecutive home fixtures.
  • Köln have lost just one of their last five Bundesliga meetings with HSV.
  • Köln have won their last two meetings with Hamburg, but they have never before completed a hat-trick of consecutive wins over the northern Germany club.
  • Lewis Holtby has scored more against Köln (four) than against any other Bundesliga club.
  • Marcel Risse has scored a third of his nine Bundesliga goals against Hamburg, including his one and only Bundesliga brace on his last visit to the Volksparkstadion.
  • Anthony Modeste has scored 12 goals so far this season – exactly half of his side's total tally.

Possible line-ups

Hamburg: Adler - Diekmeier, Djourou, Cleber, Ostrzolek - Kacar, Holtby - Drmic, Hunt, Ilicevic - Lasogga

Absentees: Ekdal (ankle), Spahic (groin)

Köln:Horn - Risse, Maroh, Heintz, Mladenovic - Vogt, Hector - Zoller, Gerhardt, Bittencourt - Modeste

Absentees: Lehmann (suspended)

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