SV Hamburg v Borussia Monchengladbach: Bundesliga 2015
Bundesliga action with Hamburg v Borussia Monchengladbach this afternoon with relegation-threatened Hamburg wanting to put their FC Bayern annihilation behind them.
HSV captain Rafael van der Vaart wants to put last weekend’s 8-0 defeat to FC Bayern behind him as quickly as possible whilst at the other end of the spectrum, points are just as essential for a Gladbach outfit chasing European football.
Gladbach attacker Max Kruse has scored seven goals this season, albeit with his last Bundesliga strike coming two months ago on Matchday 17
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HSV head coach Josef Zinnbauer will be determined to restore confidence to the side after Matchday 21’s 8-0 drubbing left the club hovering dangerously close to the bottom three.
One goal decided the reverse fixture as Borussia made it three victories on the spin against HSV, who haven’t beaten Lucien Favre’s side for two years and have only done so three times on home soil in the last ten years.
Hamburg will look to Zoltan Stieber who has been one of the more consistent performers since the winter break, creating plenty of openings and scoring one himself. The nimble Hungarian is a tricky customer with a cultured left foot and will look to put those tired Gladbach legs to the test at the Imtech Arena.&nsbp;
Borussia will look to Max Kruse and the 26-year-old attacker hasn’t scored since Matchday 17, but has started all four of the goals’ league games in 2015, so it’s surely only a matter of time before he gets back on the Foals’ scoresheet. He should be fit having only made an 11-minute cameo in Seville.
Hamburg have netted just nine goals in ten home games, drawing blanks in four of them. They’ll find it tough to break down a Borussia Monchengladbach side that has defended exceptionally well since the winterpause, keeping clean sheets in three out of four games.
Gladbach are third in the table, and the only thing putting tipping the away win at 2.48 is that they sometimes have a bit of a Europa League hangover.
The Foals put a lot of effort into their 1-0 defeat at Sevilla, but they can keep a clean sheet against Hamburg, just as they did when they beat them 1-0 back in September.
Hamburg: Drobny – Diekmeier, Djourou, Rajkovic, Ostrzolek – Jiracek, Diaz – N. Müller, Stieber, Gouaida – Olic
Gladbach: Sommer – Jantschke, Brouwers, Stranzl, Alvaro Dominguez – Kramer, G. Xhaka – Herrmann, Traoré – Raffael, M. Kruse
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