The 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign is drawing to a close, but with seven rounds of fixtures remaining, all 18 teams still have plenty to play for as they look to get the most out of one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Germany’s top flight.
But how are things shaping up heading into the final stretch and how good are each side's chances of reaching their targets? bundesliga.com puts Hamburger SV under the spotlight.
Story so far
- Hamburg's prospects were looking good when they went in at the winter break in tenth place, but a meagre return of nine points from their ensuing ten matches has seen them fall to within four points of the relegation zone.
- HSV's form since the turn of the year is one of the worst in the division, with only FC Augsburg and Hannover 96 amassing fewer points.
- The Red Shorts will be desperate to avoid a repeat of the previous two campaigns in which they finished in the relegation play-off spot.
Still to play for
- Survival is the priority, although there is still the chance of a top-half finish.
- Hamburg travel to rock-bottom Hannover on Matchday 28, before hosting lowly SV Darmstadt 98 a week later.
- Games against relegation-threatened duo SV Werder Bremen (Matchday 31) and FC Augsburg (Matchday 34) could also be key.
Potential saviour: Nicolai Müller
- After largely being used as a substitute at the start of the season, Müller is now widely regarded as Hamburg's great white hope.
- Six of his seven strikes have come in his last 14 outings, while he has had a direct hand in Hamburg's last four goals (three goals, one assist).
- The 28-year-old is the club's top scorer in 2015/16 with seven goals, and has also registered three assists.