Hamburg: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Papadopoulos, Mavraj, Santos - Sakai (c), Jung - Hunt, Holtby, Kostic - Wood
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Absentees: Adler (ribs), Müller (knee), Djourou (muscle problem), Ekdal (thigh)
Darmstadt: Esser - Sirigu, Banggaard, Sulu (c), Holland - Kamavuaka, Altintop - Heller, Gondorf, Vrancic - Platte
Coach: Torsten Frings
Absentees: Niemeyer (Achilles)
- Hamburg are unbeaten in nine home games, winning their last four against European hopefuls Hoffenheim, Cologne, Gladbach and Hertha.
- The Lilies are still waiting for their first away point of the season.
- HSV have a better record against Darmstadt than against any other current Bundesliga club.
- The Red Shorts have scored in all nine competitive meetings with Darmstadt.
- Darmstadt have scored on all four visits to Hamburg, but have also always conceded.
- Christian Mathenia was promoted to the Bundesliga with Darmstadt in 2015 and was the Lilies’ No. 1 last campaign. Mergim Mavraj was with Darmstadt from 2004 to 2007 (2 goals in 38 Regionalliga appearances).