Perennial escape artists, Hamburg again require points to navigate away from the murky waters near the foot of the Bundesliga table. Though Markus Gisdol's side currently occupy the relegation play-off spot, a more comfortable perch will surely be within reach if they can repeat last weekend's win over Hertha Berlin, their third victory in a five-game series in which they have been beaten just once.
However, having triumphed in the duo's DFB Cup quarter-final 2-1 in Hamburg less than two weeks ago, in-form Gladbach will be confident of securing a third successive league win that will fuel their charge for a top-six finish under new boss Dieter Hecking.
- Hamburg have won three of their last five in the Bundesliga – as many as they managed in their first 18 matches of the season.
- Gladbach find themselves in the top half of the standings for the first time since the Matchday 7 draw with Hamburg.
- HSV are unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga home matches (W4, D2).
- Borussia top the Rückrunde table on 15 points, after winning five of their last six.
- Albin Ekdal scored his first Bundesliga goal in HSV’s Matchday 22 win over Hertha.
- A fourth successive Bundesliga away win would represent the Foals’ longest winning run on their travels for 22 years.