Preview - Hamburg vs Hoffenheim 26 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 27, 2017, 02:17 AM

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Hamburg vs Hoffenheim

Hamburg have a miserable home record, having taken just seven points from their six home games so far. It is the third worst home record in the Bundesliga.

Hamburg head coach Markus Gisdol saved Hoffenheim from relegation in 2013, helming the club for 85 Bundesliga matches. He can expect no favours from his former team, who have only lost one away game this season (against Freiburg).

Hamburg midfielder Albin Ekdal is struggling with a thigh problem, while Aaron Hunt and Kyriakos Papadopoulos trained individually on Thursday.

Andre Hahn is a major doubt after missing training on Thursday through illness as did coach Markus Gisdol. Walace was left out of Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Schalke with a knee injury, but could feature at the Volksparkstadion after resuming light training on Tuesday.

Teenage sensation Jann-Fiete Arp is expected to lead the line for the visitors.

Striker Sandro Wagner and centre-back Benjamin Hübner could return after sitting out Hoffenheim's UEFA Europa League clash with Braga on Thursday. Full-back Pavel Kaderabek is on the mend following a knee ligament injury, but the Czech Republic international remains short of match fitness and is unlikely to be risked.

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Match Stats:

  • Hamburg 3-0 Hoffenheim
  • Shots: 15-7
  • Possession: 40%-60%
  • Corner kicks: 7-8


Serge Gnabry almost made it the perfect start for the visitors when he put wide from six yards, but the hosts were quickest out of the blocks at the Volksparkstadion as Douglas Santos' ball across goal was diverted into his own net by Kevin Akpoguma under pressure from teenager Jann-Fiete Arp for the 1000th own goal in Bundesliga history. The game then quickly settled down with both sides looking for that final ball in attack, but failing to test either goalkeeper. The centre-back with the no.9 shirt, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, had a crack from a free-kick 25 yards out on the hour mark, but scuffed his effort well wide. Sandro Wagner came inches away from turning in a Nico Schulz cross from the left at the other end, but goalkeeper Christian Mathenia was quick off his line to collect and end any threat of an equaliser. His opposite number Oliver Baumann was tested moments later by Filip Kostic, but the Hoffenheim shot-stopper got down well to his right to keep the deficit at just one going into the break.

The first chance of the second half fell to USA international Bobby Wood, restored to the starting line-up for the first time since October, when his half-volley crashed off the outside the post and away to safety. Arp then tested Baumann from range after a mazy run, but again the 'keeper held. The clearest chance of the game, though, fell to Wood on the hour mark as he ran onto Kostic's cut-back to the penalty spot, but the forward put it straight at Baumann. Hamburg continued the pressure after a trio of changes from Julian Nagelsmann as Arp twice went close, the second a powerful strike from range that had Baumann at full stretch to turn over the bar. The TSG goalkeeper was beaten shortly after, though, with Kostic's swerving free-kick from 35 yards managing to squirm under his outstretched hand. Jung then added the icing on the cake as he drove home Dennis Diekmeier's header back to the penalty spot to give Hamburg a third.

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