New Hamburger SV coach Markus Gisdol takes charge of his first home game with the club when an Eintracht Frankfurt side buoyed by their performance against FC Bayern München visit the Volksparkstadion on Friday (kick-off 20:30CEST/18:30GMT).
An impressive point against Borussia Mönchengladbach in Markus Gisdol’s second match in charge of HSV saw the club move off the bottom of the table despite playing with ten men for over an hour. The new coach was full of praise for his side saying, “I have to congratulate the team for how they did in those circumstances. It was amazing.” But the former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim coach knows that this is just the beginning for his side. He claims that his side has room for improvement in its attacking play and he hopes the energy from the Gladbach result and that of the fans under the lights in Hamburg will make Friday night a wonderful experience in his first home game in charge.
Eintracht Frankfurt also head into this clash on the back of a positive result on matchday 7. Former HSV player and the current Eagles coach Niko Kovac was equally full of praise for his side after the 2-2 draw against champions Bayern. “A draw against Bayern after going behind twice and being down to ten men is as good as a win. It was not just the result but also the way we played.” Eintracht will now be looking to turn several impressive home performances against flying-high sides into positive results on the road against sides below them in the table.
- Just two points and a -10 goal difference represents Hamburg’s worst ever start to a Bundesliga season after eight games.HSV have not scored in five games and a sixth without a goal would equal the club’s record.Frankfurt have lost none of their last eight matches against HSV (their longest unbeaten run against current top-flight opposition).Eintracht striker Alexander Meier used to play for HSV but he has never scored against his former club in Hamburg.Both matches between these sides ended 0-0 last season.Hamburg and Eintracht have taken part in the last three relegation play-offs, avoiding the drop on each occasion.