Hamburger vs Borussia M. by 20Legend
After continuing their bad streak from before Christmas, HSV is definitely closing in on the relegation zone. The New Year has resulted in two losses and a draw in their most recent match against FC Cologne (1-1). HSV really needs to turn things around quickly despite having a buffer of four points down to the emergency zone. You could think that another match at home was a good thing for them, but they have actually been better away this season. That is also their main reason for struggling as they need to be more confident in front of their own fans. As a struggling team, the margins do often go in favor of the opponent. That was the thing against Stuttgart (2-1) two rounds ago, as HSV conceded the decisive goal in the 88th minute. On top of that, HSV made an own goal to kick off the scoring in the match, and it tells a lot about their current situation. The captain Djourou is suspended which will be a defensive blow for the struggling team.
Borussia Monchengladbach had two terrible matches that opened the New Year for them, but they got back with all their power against Werder Bremen (5-1) last weekend. It was a match were everything worked out for them. They got an early 2-0 lead which gave them some needed confidence after their previous two games in mind. An early 3-0 goal in the second half was a confirmation that they needed to continue their momentum. Despite conceding on a penalty shortly after, they got the favor returned with a penalty themselves after 70 minutes. With a 4-1 lead it was never any doubt of who would win the match and the captain, Havard Norttveit’s beautiful goal from long distance after 87 minutes was the perfect end for them.
It is both positive and negative scenarios around the squad injury-situation for the club. The important Granit Xhaka returns after a suspension, while Herrmann was back in training last Thursday. However, Dominguez, Jantschke, Shultz, Hanhn and Martin Stranzl are all missing. In addition Nico Elvedi is doubtful.
This game could be a rather open scenario even if Borussia Monchengladbach is the natural favorites after their performance last weekend and the home team’s form. However, giving their current injuries I predict some goals here. HSV won the opposite meeting (0-3), but it is difficult to predict the exact outcome this time. Over 2.5 goals seem to be a good pick in my opinion.