Despite gathering seven points from their last three matches, Hamburg are still in the relegation play-off place. A 0-0 draw away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 25 kept their positive momentum going, and a third home win in a row could see Markus Gisdol’s side make major gains.
The four teams directly above Hamburg are away from home this weekend, so if results go their way the Red Shorts could climb to 12th. In the worst case scenario though, the gap to safety could increase to five points.
Sixth-placed Cologne have Hertha Berlin in their sights after an Anthony Modeste hat-trick last time out lifted them to a 4-2 win over the next team above them in the table. The Billy Goats’ six-game run without a victory before that game started with a 2-0 DFB Cup defeat at Hamburg in early February.
However, Modeste hit another hat-trick in the previous league meeting between the sides, when Cologne made the most of US international Bobby Wood’s sending off to win 3-0 in October.
- Hamburg are back amongst the points again and have lost just one of their last seven games (8-0 at Bayern Munich).
- HSV are an impressive fifth in the table for the second half of the season, but still remain in 16th overall, so cannot afford a slip-up.
- Recent history is in favour of Cologne as they are unbeaten under Peter Stöger in the league against HSV since their return to the Bundesliga in 2014.
- However, the Billy Goats have faced the Red Shorts twice in the DFB Cup under Stöger and lost both.
- Anthony Modeste has scored 22 of his side’s 37 goals this season (59%). The Frenchman will set a new league record if he can maintain this ratio until the end of the campaign.
- Hamburg have kept more clean sheets since Christmas (four) than in the entire first half of the season (three).