Köln keen to hit back against rock-bottom Hamburg

Having had their unbeaten start to the season ended by Hertha Berlin last weekend, 1. FC Köln will be determined to bounce back against winless Hamburger SV on Sunday (kick-off 17:30CET/16:30GMT).

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The Billy Goats should be feeling confident against struggling Hamburg, who have only picked up two points in eight outings and come into the weekend bottom of the table. Even in defeat, Peter Stöger will have taken positives from the Hertha game, such as the on-fire Anthony Modeste grabbing his eighth goal of the campaign. All eyes are likely to be on the Bundesliga's leading scorer once again as Köln bid for a fifth win in nine matches.  

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To say that things are not going quite as planned for Markus Gisdol is something of an understatement. Since taking over from Bruno Labbadia, the new Hamburg coach has overseen two defeats and a draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Worse still, the goals have dried up, with Die Rothosen failing to find the back of the net in six league games. Things can only get better for Hamburg, who will be hoping to build on Tuesday's win in the DFB Cup.

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