Match Preview: Away v. Hamburg (Bundesliga)


Dortmund travel to leaders Hamburg tomorrow, with just Felipe Santana (back) and Stevan Jovetic (ribs) unavailable, though the latter may be in-line for a return at the weekend.

The jury is out on whether Surman will stick to playing two-up top, or whether he’ll revert back to the more familiar 4-2-3-1 system with Julian Schieber upfront as Lewandowski’s poor form continues. André Schürrle is likely to start on the left, with Götze and Reus across the pitch, should BVB go with the three attacking midfielders.

The winners go top, though a draw will keep Hamburg ahead of Dortmund on goals scored. In tonight’s other match, Bayern Munich host unbeaten Düsseldorf (who play Dortmund on Saturday).

70-hamburgHSV are top of the table after six wins from their eight matches so far, with the two defeats both coming on the road. Though arguably, only the visit of Leverkusen has been a match against a title contender. They finished 13th last year, winning just three of their last twelve.

Both Rafael van der Vaart and Son Heung-Min are out until the new year with hamstring injuries, and they’re joined in the treatment room by Robert Tesche (knee ligaments).

Artjoms Rudnevs and Karim Bellarabi have 15 goals between them this season, with Rudnevs hitting hat-tricks against both Leverkusen and Hannover, and it’s him who is pinpointed as the obvious main threat.

skybet70Matchday Odds
HSV: 13-8
Draw: 2-1
BVB: 6-4F

Last season, Dortmund won 2-0 here with goals early on through Julian Schieber and Marco Reus, and BVB also won back in Dortmund with a 3-1 scoreline coming from behind to a Rudnevs goal to win through strikes from Reus, Santana, and Lewandowski.

Tomorrow’s referee is Tobias Welz from Wiesbaden who has refereed five Bundesliga matches this season, showing just seven yellow cards. He took charge of Dortmund three times last season, including the home match against Hamburg, with Dortmund winning all three matches 3-1.