Hertha Berlin will be hopeful of cementing their grip on the third and final automatic UEFA Champions League qualifying spot when they travel to the Volksparkstadion to take on Hamburger SV on Sunday (kick-off 17:30CET/16:30GMT).

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A 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in midweek enabled Hertha to hold off the challenge of 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Mönchengladbach in the race for third, but with such high-calibre sides breathing down their necks, Pal Dardai's men know they can ill afford to drop points in Hamburg.

Watch: Hertha 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt - match highlights

Defeat to FC Schalke 04 in midweek, meanwhile, has left HSV still a little too close to the relegation zone for comfort as they prepare to welcome the Bundesliga's capital club.

Watch: Schalke 3-2 Hamburg - match highlights


Matchday 8 rewind: Hertha 3-0 Hamburg

Goals: 1-0 Kalou (17'), 2-0 Ibisevic (76'), 3-0 Ibisevic (78')

Vedad Ibisevic scored twice late on as Hertha beat Hamburg 3-0 on home turf on Matchday 8.

Watch: Match highlights

Matchday 25 - match facts

  • Hertha have lost only once in 2016 (only Dortmund are unbeaten).
  • Fewer goals have fallen in games involving Hertha since the turn of the year than with any other club – just 13 in seven games.
  • HSV's 11th place could give a false sense of security – they are only five points clear of the relegation play-off place, where they have finished in the last two seasons.
  • No team has won fewer games in 2016 than HSV, who have only beaten Borussia Mönchengladbach (on Matchday 21).
  • Hertha have won their last five games against HSV without conceding - a club record against one club.
  • For their part, Hamburg have never gone six consecutive games against a Bundesliga side without scoring.
  • Josip Drmic has scored three goals in two games against Hertha, including his first Bundesliga goal (for 1. FC Nürnberg in August 2013).
  • Ibisevic has scored more goals against Hamburg (seven) than against any other club.
  • Pierre-Michel Lasogga spent three years at Hertha, making 32 appearances and scoring eight goals.

Possible line-ups

Hamburg: Adler - Sakai, Cleber, Spahic, Ostrzolek - Kacar, Holtby - Müller, Hunt, Drmic - Rudnevs

Absentees: Ekdal (ankle), Hunt (muscular) Gregoritsch (ligaments)

Hertha: Jarstein - Weiser, Stark, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Lustenberger, Skjelbred - Haraguchi, Darida, Kalou - Ibisevic

Absentees: Langkamp (hamstring), Allagui (light training), Schieber, van den Bergh (individual training)

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