The top two in the 2. Bundesliga meet at the Volksparkstadion as HSV host leaders Arminia Bielefeld in a Sunday lunchtime kickoff.
Uwe Neuhaus’ side have a seven point lead over both Hamburg and VfB Stuttgart at the top of the second tier but were clawed back by a 94th minute equaliser at home to Osnabruck as football in Germany returned last weeeknd.
HSV suffered the same fate as they conceded an equalising goal in the same minute during their 2-2 draw away to Greuther Fuerth. Fellow promotion contenders Stuttgart kick off at the same time today, away to Holstein Kiel.
The two teams for today’s big clash in the 2. Bundesliga is as follows:
Daniel Heuer Fernandes; Josha Vagnoman, Timo Letschert, Rick van Drongelen, Tim Leibold; Jeremy Dudziak, Adrian Fein, Aaron Hunt; Martin Harnik, Joel Pohjanpalo, Sonny Kittel
Substitutes: Tom Mickel, Jordan Beyer Christoph Moritz, Bakery Jatta, Louis Schaub, David Kinsombi, Xavier Amaechi, Lukas Hinterseer, Jairo Samperio
Dieter Hecking appears to have setup in a 4-3-3 formation as his side will be expected to dominate possession and create the more chances in this game. January loan signing Joel Pohjanpalo continues to lead the line up front after an impressive start, replacing Lukas Hinterseer. Sonny Kittel has been very productive up front for HSV as their top scorer with 11 goals this season.
Highly-rated centre-back Rick van Drongelen will marshal the back four
19-year-old English midfielder Xavier Amaechi makes a rare appearance among the substitutes having only played 18 minutes in the second division this season.
Stefan Ortega; Patrick Weihrauch, Amos Pieper, Joakim Nilsson, Florian Hartherz; Fabian Kunze; Cebio Soukou, Manuel Prietl, Marcel Hartel, Reinhold Yabo; Fabian Klos
Substitutes: Oscar Linner, Stephan Salger, Anderson Lucoqui, Alex Perez, Jonathan Clauss, Nils Seufert, Tom Schütz, Sven Schipplock, Andreas Voglsammer
Arminia Bielefeld start the day with a seven point lead over both HSV and VfB Stuttgart at the top of the table having scored the most goals and conceded the fewest in the division. Uwe Neuhaus’ side have been the most consistent since the turn of the year but the head coach admitted after last weekend’s disappointing draw that they looked nervous.
Fabian Klos is the division’s top scorer and target man up front. The tall striker will be supported by pacey Cebio Soukou down the right wing and Reinhold Yabo on the opposite flank.