Preview: Dortmund v Hamburg

Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund will look to get back onto the winning trail when they host Hamburger SV in a Bundesliga clash on Wednesday morning.

Bundesliga

Date: 5 April 2017

Match Day 27

Kick-off: 04:00 (HKT)

Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park

Referee: M. Schmidt

Assistants: A. Sather, C. Günsch

Fourth official: T. Gorniak

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS

Dortmund 99 35 28 36
Hamburg 99 36 28 36

Previous encounter:

Hamburg 2-5 Dortmund 14/03/15

Hamburg goalscorers: N. Müller (55′, 81′)

Dortmund goalscorers: P. Aubameyang (4′, 23′, 27′, 48′), O. Dembélé (76′)

Players to watch:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains Dortmund’s most lethal goalscorer with 31 to his name in only 34 games across all competitions. The striker also netted four goals against Hamburg in their last encounter.

USA international Bobby Wood has been the main source of goals for Hamburg so far this season, bagging nine in 25 games, while winger Filip Kostic has contributed with four assists and three goals.

Team form and manager quotes:

Dortmund were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Schalke 04 in their last league encounter on Saturday. Aubameyang put the visitors in front, but Thilo Kehrer equalised for the hosts.

Manager Thomas Tuchel’s side have claimed only one victory in their last three Bundesliga games, losing at Hertha Berlin before a win over FC Ingolstadt 04 and the draw at Schalke. The results have seen them drop from third to fourth in the standings.

Meanwhile, Hamburg will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run after claiming three wins and one draw in their last four Bundesliga fixtures.

Their most recent clash saw them edge out 1. FC Köln 2-1, which helped them climb out of the bottom three and into 14th position.

“We are the team that has created a lot of pressure from the back and has scored well. From this position, we will continue to make our points,” said manager Markus Gisdol, according to Mopo.

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Team news:

Dortmund are unlikely to have Sebastian Rode available, as he looks set to be out for another few days, while Marco Reus is sidelined for another week with his injury. Dzenis Burnic is out with an ankle injury and his return date is as yet uncertain.

Hamburg’s latest injury blow came at the weekend with Nicolai Müller who is set to be out of action until the middle of May. Mats Köhlert and Aaron Hunt are also still out injured.

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