Hamburg vs Wolfsburg;
German Bundesliga, Round 33.
Date: Saturday, 7-May-2016,
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT,
Hamburger SV look for a win when they host a poor Wolfsburg side in the match day 33 of the German Bundesliga season 2015/16.
A 0-0 stalemate against Mainz 05 in the previous round kept Hamburg to unbeaten in two matches after losing four of their previous five. Hamburg are 11th in the table with 38 points, while Wolfsburg are 10th with 39 points and head-coach Bruno Labbadia will be keen to ensure that their heads don’t drop and climb up to the top half of the table with a win here.
Wolfsburg are on a terrible run of form and haven’t won a Bundesliga match in 7 outings. They are coming on the back of three consecutive defeats and concede goals at an alarming rate. They have lost three in a row away from home and conceded 12 goals in the process.
Hamburg: Team News
The central midfielder Albin Ekdal is a doubt here as he is struggling on fitness after missing Hambug’s last two games with a thigh muscle strain. While striker Josip Drmic will miss the remaining two matches of the season due to injury.
Few changes are expected from the side that failed to score a goal against Mainz in the last round.
Hamburg: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Drobny – Sakai, Djourou, Spahic, Ostrzolek – Kacar, Holtby – Nico Muller, Hunt, Ilicevic – Lassonga.
Wolfsburg: Team News
Julian Draxler and Bruno Henrique are both sidelined due to their respective injurues and are likely to miss the remainder of the season. Sebastian Jung and Carlos Ascues are also in the treatment table and will miss the trip to Hamburg.
Wolfsburg: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Benaglio – Trasch, Naldo, Knoche, Schafer – Guilavogui, Gustavo – Schurrle, Arnold, Caligiuri – Dost.
Hamburg vs Wolfsburg: Head-to-Head Stats
Wolfsburg are unbeaten in their last 9 Bundesliga meetings with Hamburg, with 4 wins and 5 draws.
Hamburg have an equally poor record at home against Wolfsburg as they haven’t won in the last 8 matches, with 5 draws and 2 defeats.
Six of the last 7 meetings between the sides have seen under 2.5 goals and both teams scored on 5 occasions.
Hamburg vs Wolfsburg: Prediction
Hamburg have a poor head-to-head record against Wolfsburg and haven’t won at home or away since 2011. But their last home win was in 2007 and coming on the back of some good results, they must be looking to end their bad run against Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg are on a terrible run at the moment and failed to win in any of their last 7 matches. They also lost their last 4 matches away from home and will be keen to avoid another rout here.
I expect Hamburg to edge this one and pile more misery on Wolfsburg. A 1-0 home win is what I predict and expect the first half to finish at 0-0.