Bundesliga Preview: Hamburg - Bayern Munich
The Bavarians will hope to turn around their woes on the road as they visit the Imtech Arena, where Thorsten Fink's side has proven very difficult to beat.
By Clark Whitney
Diekmeier, Rajkovic, Westermann, Aogo
Sala, Rincon, Jarolim, Jansen
Tymoshchuk, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Gokhan Tore continues to be sidelined for HSV following a meniscus tear, meaning that Jacopo Sala will feature on the right wing. Lam Zhi Gin (calf), Per Skjelbred (shin) and Marcus Berg (fitness) are also ruled out, leaving Thorsten Fink rather short of depth.
The trainer will have at least one tactical headache to overcome in the lead up to the game, as he faces the decision to use either Slobodan Rajkovic or Jeffrey Bruma in defense alongside Heiko Westermann.
With Rafinha suspended and Daniel van Buyten and Diego Contento injured, Jupp Heynckes will have very few options in defense.
The coach is expected to keep Jerome Boateng in the center, with Anatoliy Tymoshchuk filling in for Rafinha on the right. Alternatively, Heynckes could use either Breno or Luiz Gustavo in central defense, with Boateng at right back.
||DID YOU KNOW|
- Hamburg is the only Bundesliga team with a positive overall record against Bayern since the 2005-06 season.
- Jose Paolo Guerrero has found the net in each of his team's last five home games.
- Under Thorsten Fink, HSV has lost just one of its 10 games - that defeat was a recent 5-1 loss to Dortmund.
- Bayern Munich has not won in Hamburg since Nov. 25, 2006.
- Should the club manage four goals, the Bavarians will increase their historical tally to 200 against HSV in the Bundesliga.
- Jerome Boateng will make his 100th Bundesliga appearance against his former club.
Top 3 Predictions
Hamburger 0-3 Bayern
- 17.55 %
Hamburger 0-2 Bayern
- 16.35 %
Hamburger 1-3 Bayern
- 12.98 %
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||Jul 20, 2013||Hamburger 0 - Bayern 4|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Mar 30, 2013||Bayern 9 - Hamburger 2|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Nov 3, 2012||Hamburger 0 - Bayern 3|
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||Aug 5, 2012||Bayern 1 - Hamburger 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Feb 4, 2012||Hamburger 1 - Bayern 1|
|Dec 3, 2013||Hamburger 2 - FC Köln 1||GERC|
|Nov 29, 2013||Wolfsburg 1 - Hamburger 1||BUN|
|Nov 24, 2013||Hamburger 3 - Hannover 96 1||BUN|
|Nov 9, 2013||Leverkusen 5 - Hamburger 3||BUN|
|Nov 2, 2013||Hamburger 0 - Mönchengladbach 2||BUN|
|8||Tomás Eduardo Rincón||Midfielder|
|18||Tolgay Ali Arslan||Midfielder|
Times In EDT
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed