19:30 GMT 03 February 2017
Struggling Hamburger host Bayer Leverkusen in match week 19 of the Bundesliga season as they look to stay clear of the relegation zone. They are in great danger of being relegated from the Bundesliga, as they are 19th, after just narrowly staying up on the last day of last season while their opponents, Bayer Leverkusen sit just above mid table in 9th only 7 points off the top 4.
Bayer Leverkusen won the clash between the two sides earlier in the season 3-1 and they dominate the recent fixtures. Hamburg have won just 1 of the last 14 games with Bayer Leverkusen but their last win wasn’t too long ago, a 1-0 victory in 2014.
Head to head matches: Hamburger SV - Bayer Leverkusen
|10.09.2016||Bund||Bayer Leverkusen||Hamburger SV||3:1|
|13.03.2016||Bund||Bayer Leverkusen||Hamburger SV||1:0|
|17.10.2015||Bund||Hamburger SV||Bayer Leverkusen||0:0|
|20.03.1993||Bund||Bayer Leverkusen||Hamburger SV||1:1|
|02.09.1992||Bund||Hamburger SV||Bayer Leverkusen||0:0|
Hamburg would love to have a full-strength team available to choose from in order to turn their poor season around but with 5 unavailable players, they might struggle against a strong Leverkusen side. Their defence is light as Johan Djourou, Gotoku Sakai and Emir Spahic all miss out for the match. Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Rene Adler are big misses for Hamburg and if they are to change their fortunes, they’ll need those two fit and ready for action.
Latest matches: Hamburger SV
|28.01.2017||Bund||FC Ingolstadt||Hamburger SV||3:1||L|
|21.01.2017||Bund||VfL Wolfsburg||Hamburger SV||1:0||L|
|09.01.2017||Club||Al-Nasr SC Dubai||Hamburger SV||0:5||W|
|20.12.2016||Bund||Hamburger SV||FC Schalke 04||2:1||W|
|17.12.2016||Bund||1 FSV Mainz 05||Hamburger SV||3:1||L|
Bayer Leverkusen may look to rest some of their star players due to the lack of threat that Hamburg will pose but, at this stage of the season, they need to pick up all the points they can get so a full-strength team would be the most appropriate choice. Danny da Costa may return after his recent injury and there’s no other unavailable players for the visitors, leaving Roger Schmidt with a full team to choose from.
Latest matches: Bayer Leverkusen
|22.01.2017||Bund||Bayer Leverkusen||Hertha BSC||3:1||W|
|17.01.2017||Club||Bayer Leverkusen||VfL Bochum||2:1||W|
|12.01.2017||Club||Bayer Leverkusen||Atletico Mineiro MG||1:0||W|
|08.01.2017||Club||Estudiantes de La Plata||Bayer Leverkusen||3:5||W|
Bayer Leverkusen should manage to pick up all 3 points in this game without any real problems but if Hamburg turn up, with their home fans behind them, they might be able to pull off an upset. If Leverkusen can score the first goal, which they usually do, I can’t see a way back for Hamburg.
03 February 2017 - 19:30 GMT
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