German Bundesliga: Hamburger SV vs RB Leipzig Match Preview
Hamburger SV will face Bundesliga runner ups RB Leipzig at Volksparkstadion in the opening match of Bundesliga Round 3. Compared to Leipzig, HSV have started off their season with unexpectedly with two victories, while RB Leipzig lost in the first round at Veltins Arena.
Date: Friday, 8th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET / 00:00 IST (the next day)
Venue: Volksparkstadion, Hamburg.
The home side has collected the maximum of six points from the first two rounds. Following the first victory over FC Augsburg, HSV stunned FC Koln on the road with 1-3.
The recent victories have certainly increased team spirit in HSV’s locker room, so the hosts might aim the upper part of the table unlike fighting for the survival as they did in the last few seasons.
Die Rotten Bullen had a disappointing season opener, however, they displayed their power as they hosted Freiburg SC in their first home game of the season. Despite being down 0-1 on the half-time the Red Bulls obliterated Freiburg in the second half as they set the final score to 4-1.
The hosts might be distracted ahead of Hamburg visit. Next week, they will welcome Monaco in the first game of UEFA Champions League.
Hamburg: Mathenia – Diekmeier (c), Papadopoulos, Jung, van Drongelen – Ekdal, Walace – Hahn, Holtby, Kostic – Wood
Injured/unavailable: Mavraj (suspended), Hunt (thigh), Müller (knee ligaments), Thoelke (knee)
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Upamecano, Orban (c), Halstenberg – Kampl, Demme – Keita, Forsberg – Augustin, Werner
Injured/unavailable: Sabitzer (bruising), Poulsen (adductors)
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
The two sides met only twice so far. Both matches were won by a visitor with the hosts failing to tally a goal. In the first match, RB steamrolled HSV in Hamburg with 0-4, while Hamburg surprisingly returned the favor with 0-3.