Lucien Favre's side could draw level on points with Borussia Dortmund on Friday, but HSV will be angling to find its way back into the race for a Europa League spot.
Jantschke, Stranzl, Dante, Daems
Reus, Nordveit, Neustadter, Arango
De Camargo, Hanke
Diekmeier, Westermann, Rajkovic, Aogo
Sala, Rincon, Jarolim, Jansen
Lucien Favre is set to make adjustments to his side after right winger Patrick Herrmann fractured his clavicle last weekend. Marco Reus will likely drop into his role out wide, leaving Igor de Camargo and fit again striker Mike Hanke in the center of attack. Otherwise, Gladbach will have the same lineup that featured in last weekend's 2-1 win over Kaiserslautern.
Thorsten Fink is expected to retain the core XI that lost 3-1 in last week's derby against Werder Bremen, with Jacopo Sala standing in for the injured Gokhan Tore on the right wing. Slobodan Rajkovic is tipped to retain his role in central defense, but Jeffrey Bruma remains an option.
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- Monchengladbach has Europe's best goals-against record, having conceded just 13 times: a rate of 0.59 per game.
- Marco Reus has scored or provided an assist in four of his first five Bundesliga games during the 2012 calendar year.
- Lucien Favre's side has won four of its five games since the winter break.
- Hamburg has earned twice as many wins away from home (four) as at the HSH Nordbank Arena this season.
- Striking duo Mladen Petric and Jose Paolo Guerrero have combined for four goals and two assists in 2012. Hamburg has scored six times during this time.
- HSV has won its last two away games: 1-0 in Koln and 2-1 in Berlin.
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