• Osako to return for Köln after missing midweek up action.
  • Hamburg have defensive crisis at centre-back.
  • Both sides victorious in DFB Cup action in midweek.

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Köln are expected to line up in the 4-4-2 formation that has served them so well this season once again on Sunday. Yuya Osako has shaken off a muscular problem and is likely to start alongside eight-goal top scorer Anthony Modeste ahead of Artjoms Rudnevs, who played in the DFB Cup victory over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in midweek.

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With club captain Johan Djourou injured as well as Emir Spahic, Hamburg are struggling at centre-back. Albin Ekdal filled in as the Red Shorts lost 3-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 8. Coach Markus Gisdol may well have to persist with the experiment, though, with Gideon Jung his likely partner at the heart of the HSV defence.

Köln possible line-up: Horn - Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz, Hector - Risse, Höger, Lehmann (c), Rausch - Osako, Modeste

Absentees: Bittencourt (ankle)

Coach: Peter Stöger

Hamburg possible line-up: Adler (c) - Sakai, Ekdal, Jung, Douglas - Kostic, Holtby, Hunt, Ostrzolek - Wood, Lasogga

Absentees: Cleber (suspended), Diekmeier (suspended), Djourou (muscle tear), Spahic (thigh)

Coach: Markus Gisdol

Köln host Hamburg at the RheinEnergieStadion with the game kicking off at 17:30CEST/15:30GMT on 30 October.

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