Bundesliga

Hamburg in need of Hertha pick-me-up

Hamburg will be determined to put a miserable week behind them as they welcome Hertha Berlin to the Volksparkstadion on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 17:30CET/16:30GMT).

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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.

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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).

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