Eintracht are working on regaining their strength at home. Saturday's primetime match (18.30 CET) is a good occasion, as HSV have lost four of their last five on the road.

History

  • This will be the 96th meeting of the sides in the top flight. HSV have their noses clearly in front (W41, D30, L24). 
  • However, the Eagles are unbeaten in nine in this fixture (W5, D4) – Hamburg’s last triumph dates back to January 2011 (1-0 H). 
  • This is Eintracht’s longest ongoing unbeaten run against a current Bundesliga side. They haven’t been breached in this match-up for 315 minutes – their longest continuing streak without conceding against a current top-flight outfit. 

Season

  • Frankfurt have won seven of their last eight home games in the primetime slot (also 5-1 defeat vs. Gladbach in October 2015). Hamburg are without a win in 11 away matches on a Saturday night (D5, L6). 
  • Only Bayern (17) and Gladbach (15) have accumulated more points than Hamburg (13, same as Dortmund) since the second half of the campaign got under way. Gisdol’s men have already matched their tally from the entire first half. 
  • Eintracht have lost their last two home games (2-0 vs. FCI and 2-1 vs. SCF). They were unbeaten in 11 at home before this downturn in form (W8, D3) and hadn’t lost in front of their own fans since matchday 29 of the 2015/16 season (2-0 vs. Hoffenheim). 
  • HSV have lost four of their last five on the road (W1 – 3-0 in Leipzig). The worst defeat in that run was the 8-0 thrashing handed to them in Munich.

Individuals

  • Heribert Bruchhagen, Hamburg’s chairman since December 2016, is returning to his former employers. He occupied the same role in Frankfurt between December 2003 and May 2016.
  • Alex Meier was a youth teamer at HSV and also featured for their first team (4 Bundesliga appearances).
  • Nicolai Müller and Gian-Luca Waldschmidt played in the SGE academy, with the latter going on to feature 15 times for the Eagles in the top flight. 
  • Frankfurt head coach Niko Kovac spent the 1999/00 and 2000/01 seasons with Hamburger SV, making 55 Bundesliga appearances in the process (12 goals – more than he managed for any other side in the top flight). His only first-division brace came for Hamburg (during a 3-1 win vs. S04 in February 2000).
  • SGE’s management board member Fredi Bobic netted 13 goals in 17 Bundesliga appearances vs. Hamburger SV. He didn’t score more than 10 top-flight goals against any other side. 

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