- 16th-placed HSV beaten 8-0 by Bayern last time out.
- Also lost to Gladbach in DFB Cup quarter-finals.
- Hertha fifth after beating Eintracht Frankfurt.
There are at least eight good reasons why Hamburg desperately need a win this weekend, following another traumatic visit to the Allianz Arena on Matchday 22. Markus Gisdol's charges looked to have turned a corner after picking up seven points in three outings, but the terrible defeat to Bayern Munich, coupled with Wednesday's DFB Cup exit at the hands of Borussia Mönchengladbach, will have given their confidence a real knock. Victory over high-flying Hertha could be the ideal tonic.
The capital club should be feeling fairly confident as they travel to the Volksparkstadion, however. Pal Dardai's side came within a whisker of beating Bayern a few weeks ago, before outsmarting 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympiastadion last Saturday. Having scored in both of those games, to reach double figures for the season, Hertha captain Vedad Ibisevic is a man on form – and he'll be looking to pile more misery on Hamburg after grabbing both goals in October's reverse fixture (2-0).
- Hertha's 2-0 win over Hamburg on Matchday 6 was Markus Gisdol's first game as HSV coach.
- HSV have picked up 19 of their 20 points this season under Gisdol, despite the fact that he only took over six games into the campaign.
- Sixteenth-placed Hamburg are unbeaten in five home games, taking 11 of a possible 15 points since the end of November.
- Hertha have more Bundesliga victories against Hamburg (28) than they do against any other team.
- The Old Lady have won six of their last seven games against the Red Shorts, with a combined aggregate score of 13-2.
- Ibisevic is Hertha's leading scorer this season with 10 goals – the same total that he managed during the whole of last season.