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  • February 4, 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • Imtech Arena, Hamburg
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 57000

Bundesliga Preview: Hamburg - Bayern Munich

Bundesliga Preview: Hamburg - Bayern Munich

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The Bavarians will hope to turn around their woes on the road as they visit the Imtech Arena, where Thorsten Fink's side have proven very difficult to beat



Diekmeier, Rajkovic, Westermann, Aogo
Sala, Rincon, Jarolim, Jansen
Petric, Guerrero


Tymoshchuk, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm
Schweinteiger, Kroos
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 defence alongside Heiko Westermann.

With Rafinha suspended and Daniel van Buyten and Diego Contento injured, Jupp Heynckes will have very few options in defence.

The coach is expected to keep Jerome Boateng in the centre, with Anatoliy Tymoshchuk filling in for Rafinha on the right. Alternatively, Heynckes could use either Breno or Luiz Gustavo in central defence, with Boateng at right-back.

  • Hamburg are 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 have lost just one of their 10 games - that defeat was a recent 5-1 loss to Dortmund.
  • Bayern Munich have not won in Hamburg since November 25, 2006.
  • Should they manage four goals, the Bavarians will increase their historically tally to 200 against HSV in the Bundesliga.
  • Jerome Boateng will make his 100th Bundesliga appearance against his former club.

Players to watch

P. Guerrero

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Peruvian striker has been in superb formas of late, and will have extra impetus as he takes on his former club, Bayern. Injuries have set him back significantly in recent years, but his class is undeniable when he brings his will and focus.

F. Ribéry

Position: Midfielder

Games: 22

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The Frenchman famously scored a stunning late goal against HSV, and will undoubtedly be a marked man on Saturday. He has easily been his team's most dangerous creator this season, and will be needed against a side that has been very tricky to beat since Fink's arrival.

Editor's Prediction

Hamburg have proven extremely difficult for Bayern to crack, especially at home, and if history is an indicator, that will not change this time around. Either team could win it, but this one will likely be in a deadlock late in the game.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Hamburger SV

Bayern München


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Hamburger SV HSV
Hamburger SV Hamburger SV
FC Bayern München FCB
FC Bayern München Bayern München

Top 3 Predictions

Hamburger SV HSV
0 - 3
FC Bayern München FCB
Hamburger SV HSV
0 - 2
FC Bayern München FCB
Hamburger SV HSV
1 - 3
FC Bayern München FCB