Eintracht’s season has unravelled in recent weeks, with two DFB Cup victories the only bright spots since their last Bundesliga win against bottom club SV Darmstadt 98 on February 5. Despite showing relegation form in the Rückrunde, the Eagles are still sixth in the standings and a seventh home win this term would keep them in the European places with nine games to go.
Hamburg recovered from an 8-0 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich by beating Hertha Berlin and Borussia Mönchengladbach – with US international Bobby Wood completing the comeback in last week’s 2-1 win over the Foals. Four wins in six matches have given Markus Gisdol’s side real hope of avoiding relegation and a third away win of the campaign could well be enough to lift them out of the relegation play-off place.
- Frankfurt, with six points, have the second worst record in the Bundesliga in the second half of the season only ahead of bottom club Darmstadt.
- The home team have lost their last five Bundesliga matches. They last suffered six defeats in a row when Felix Magath was manager in the 2000/2001 season.
- In the reverse fixture, the Eagles had their biggest win of the season (3-0). They later won against Mainz by the same scoreline.
- Hamburg would be fourth in the table if it were based on form in the second half of the season.
- The visitors have taken 13 points from seven games in the Rückrunde – as many as Borussia Dortmund. In the first half of the campaign they picked up only two points against the same opponents.
- Alexander Meier was on the books of Hamburg three times in the past. The Eagles forward has now scored seven Bundesliga goals in 10 home matches against his former club.