Borussia Dortmund host Hamburg at the Signal Iduna Park Stadium in Dortmund as the two teams face each other in the weekend’s clash in the German Bundesliga.
Dortmund’s last match was a thrilling 3-2 victory against bottom side FC Cologne in the last match day in the league. Debutant Michy Batshuayi scored two goals for Dortmund at the Rhein Energy Stadium. FC Cologne leveled the scores twice in the match with goals from Simon Zoller and Jorge Mere.
However, German international Andre Schurrle scored in the 84th minute for the away side to snatch all three points for Dortmund.
Hamburg’s last match in the Bundesliga was a 1-1 draw at home against Hannover. Hamburg ended the game with ten men following the 94th-minute red card for Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
Iver Fossum gave the away side a lead in the first half but an equalizer by Hamburg’s Filip Kostic in the second half meant that Hannover would leave the Volkspark Stadium with just the one point.
In the league table, Borussia Dortmund are in fourth place, one point behind second and third place Leverkusen and Leipzig respectively. Schalke have the same number of points as Dortmund in the table.
Borussia Dortmund have 34 points so far in this season’s campaign in the German Bundesliga. Hamburger are in 17th place with 17 points so far in the season. They are three points behind Mainz and four points ahead of FC Cologne.
Head to Head
The two teams have faced off against each other 101 before this match in the German Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund have won 37 of these meetings while Hamburg have won 36 times against Dortmund.
However, they have not beaten Dortmund in the last four matches against them. There have been a total of 28 draws between the two sides. The last time these two sides met was earlier in the season at the Volkspark Stadium.
Dortmund won the match comfortably with one goal each from Shinji Kagawa, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, and youngster Christian Pulisic.
Aubameyang has since moved to Arsenal and Dortmund have acquired Batsuayi from Chelsea to fill in at the striker position.
Sebastian Rode has suffered an injury, and the midfielder is out until March. Winger Maximilian Philipp has a knee injury and will not be available for this match.
Andriy Yarmolenko has a foot injury, and the winger is likely to miss the fixture. Marcel Schmelzer has a calf injury, and the left-back will miss this match.
Erik Drum has a torn ankle ligament, and the right-back will not feature for this match. Mario Gotze has back trouble and will be out. Youngster Jadon Sancho has a ligament injury, and the left winger will not be available for selection.
Winger Nicolai Muller has a Cruciate Ligament rupture and is out until April. Centre-back Bjarne Thoelke has picked up an injury and will be unavailable.
Gideon Jung has back trouble and the midfielder will not feature this week. Striker Sven Schipplock has suffered from an illness and will miss out this tie.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos is suspended for this match after picking up a red card against Hannover.
Dennis Diekmeier will miss the next match if he picks up a booking in this one. So the right-back should be cautious vs Dortmund to avoid suspension in the next game.
Borussia Dortmund vs Hamburg Lineup (Predicted XI)
Borussia Dortmund Lineup (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Burki (GK)
Defenders: Toljan (LB) Torpak (LCB) Papastathopoulos (RCB) Piszczek (RB)
Midfielders: Kagawa (LM) Weigl (CM) Dahoud (RM)
Hamburg Lineup (3-5-2)
Goalkeeper: Mathenia (GK)
Defenders: Sakai (LCB) Mavraj (CB) van Drongelen (RCB)
Midfielders: Walace (LM) Hunt (LCM) Ekdal (CM) Santos (RCM) Diekmeier (RM)
Borussia Dortmund vs Hamburg Prediction
The home side are the favorites for this match. Hamburg have not won in their last five league matches and have not beaten Dortmund in the last four meetings. It is bound to be a tough match for the away side.
So, our prediction for this match is a 2-1 win for Borussia Dortmund.