Hamburger SV vs Gladbach by Gustav
Hamburg did well last weekend to overpower Hertha Berlin in front of own fans with a narrow 1:0 victory. It was really good to see the team bouncing back from two consecutive defeats, in German Cup against Gladbach 1:2, but also from a heavy defeat away to Bayern Munich when they conceded eight goals without scoring a single one.
Only goal in previous game was scored in 77th minute via Ekdal, in quite an uninteresting game but it must be said that the players of HSV have risked much more towards the end and were awarded for their fighting spirit. Still, Hamburger SV has three victories in last five matches in Bundesliga and the team is now alive in the relegation battle, having some number of points as safely placed Wolfsburg and now needs a victory here badly.
Central defender Mergim Mavraj (16/0) is injured, while unfit for this match remains offensive midfielder/forward Nicolai Muller (22/4). Doubtful for today's match is forward Nabil Bahoui (1/0) with a head injury, same as midfielder Finn Porath (1/0) with an ankle injury.
Gladbach, on the other side, took a three pointer last weekend in one of more interesting matches in Bundesliga last week, as they won over Schalke 4:2 in front of own fans. Visiting players had much more of the ball possession, but there was no doubt that the players of Gladbach deserved much more and created more, celebrating the victory more than fairly.
They took the lead first in 28th minute via Johnson, but the guests replied from a penalty kick taken ten minutes later by Bentaleb. Johnson brought them back into the lead in 64th minute, wth Wendt doubling up the lead just minutes later. Raffael brought them into 4:1 lead, while the visitors reduced in 82nd minute via Goretzka, in one of their rare chances. The team is now at ninth position, having three points less than Europa league placed Eintracht and needs a victory here. During the midweek they managed to get a positive result in 1/8 finals of Europa League, drawing 1:1 on the road against Schalke.
Visitors will be missing offensive midfielder Ibrahima Traore (7/0), defender Andreas Christensen (20/1), plus couple of more youngsters that didn't anyway played so far in the season. Forward Thorgan Hazard (18/5) is doubtful for this one.
Hamburger SV actually comes in a good form for this one, similar to Gladbach who are finally looking more than decent on the road matches as well. The game is very important for both sides and I definitely see both teams being very offensive here with plenty of chances for both to score more than once.