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Hamburger SV vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Preview

03 Feb 2017 Stuart S. GERMANY: Bundesliga
GERMANY: Bundesliga

Hamburger SV

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19:30 GMT
03 February 2017

Bayer Leverkusen

  • W
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  • W
  • W
  • L

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.


  • Hamburg haven’t shown any glimpses of good form in the league so far this season and they are currently 3 points away from safety. Their recent form hasn’t been awful though as they’ve won 3 of their last 6 league games but 2 of the losses came against teams within 3 places of them, which could prove very costly at the back end of the season. One win could see them out of the drop zone on goal difference so they have a chance.
  • Like Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen have won 3 of their last 6 in the league, which reflects their mid-table league position but 9th place is not what is expected of a team in the last 16 of the Champions League. If they want to qualify this season, they’ll have to go on a good run of form starting with this week’s game.
  • Hamburg haven’t had a stand-out goal scorer so far this season in the league and Nicolai Muller and Booby Wood have both scored 4, a disappointing tally for a club’s main talisman. But Bayer Leverkusen will still have to be worried about their threats.
  • Bayer Leverkusen’s top scorer so far this season, Javier Hernandez, doesn’t have a much better record with 6 goals to his name in the league. The former Manchester United man is joined by team-mate Hakan Calhanoglu, who also has 6 goals.


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

28.01.2017 Bund Bayer Leverkusen Monchengladbach 2:3 L
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.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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