The creative midfielder is looking forward to the match versus the Bundesliga leaders, and is hopeful of causing an upset
The Netherlands international has taken on the biggest clubs in Europe throughout his career, but admits that no opponent fires him up quite as much as the Bundesliga leaders.
"I must admit that Bayern are my absolute favourite opponent, even more so than Barcelona," Van der Vaart was quoted as saying by Bild.
"There is no other team in the world which I enjoy locking horns with so much. I am raring to go.
"If we beat Bayern, everybody at Hamburg will feel that everything's possible this season. And I don't see why a win would not be possible."
Saturday's match at the Imtech Arena kicks off at 18:30CET.