Hamburger SV and FC Ingolstadt 04 will both be pulling away from the bottom three when they meet at the Volksparkstadion this Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
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Hamburg are now undefeated in three games after last Friday's 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, though that masks the fact that the Red Shorts have only picked up five points from five games in 2016. HSV - who have never been relegated from the Bundesliga - are nonetheless seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Promoted Ingolstadt form has been binary in 2016, with Saturday's 2-0 win over SV Werder Bremen punctuating a run of five games with alternating wins and losses. Die Schanzer are two points better off than their hosts in as a result, though they come into the game without injured veteran defender Tobias Levels.
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- Hamburg can overtake Ingolstadt with a win, reaching the 30-point mark and with it a potential place in the top half of the table.HSV have only picked up 12 points at their Volksparkstadion this season, whilst they have claimed 15 points on the road.Nine of the Red Shorts' 13 home goals this season came in only three wins, against VfB Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach.Of the eleven different teams to have been promoted in the previous five years, Ingolstadt have the third-best record after 22 matchdays, with 29 points.However, Ingolstadt have failed to win any of their last eight away games, and have taken only three out of a possible 24 points from these matches.HSV have covered an average of 117.9 kilometres per game in the second half of the season, which is almost two kilometres more than in the first half of the campaign.Ingolstadt have scored nine of their 16 goals from set plays, which corresponds to a Bundesliga-high 56 percent of their goals.Only FC Bayern München (six) have conceded fewer first-half goals than HSV (eight) and Ingolstadt (nine).
Hamburg: Adler - Sakai, Djourou (c), Spahic, Ostrzolek - Holtby, Jung - Müller, Hunt, Drmic - Lasogga
Absentees: P. Müller (shoulder), Götz (hamstring)
Ingolstadt: Özcan - da Costa, Matip (c), Hübner, Bauer - Groß, Roger, Cohen - Hartmann Leckie, Lezcano
Absentees: Levels (ankle), Danilo (toe)