It’s third hosting second in the 2. Bundesliga this evening as VfB Stuttgart welcome Hamburger SV to the Mercedez-Benz Arena in Baden-Württemberg.
Hamburg head into the game in the second automatic promotion spot, seven points behind leaders Arminia Bielefeld and one point better off than this evening’s host. Heindenheim have drawn level on points with Stuttgart courtesy of their 0-0 draw away to St Pauli yesterday.
The lineup for this evening’s game are confirmed as:
Gregor Kobel; Pascal Stenzel, Holger Badstuber, Marcin Kaminski, Clinton Mola; Oriel Mangala, Wataru Endu; Philipp Forster, Nicolas Gonzalez, Silas Wamangituka; Hamadi Al Ghaddoui
Substitutes: Fabian Bredlow, Nathaniel Phillips, Marc-Oliver Kempf, Philipp Klement, Darko Churlinov, Mateo Klimowicz, Gonzalo Castro, Sasa Kaladjzic, Mario Gomez
Hamadi Al Ghaddoui rotates into the starting lineup this evening as Mario Gomez is only among the substitutes. The experienced striker is making his 10th start of the campaign and does have six goals to his name in the league this season.
19-year-old English defender Clinton Mola starts at right-back for the hosts in a defence that includes Holger Badstuber but that has shipped four goals in their two games since the restart. Keep an eye on Argentina international Nicolas Gonzalez lining up in the number 10 role.
Daniel Fernandes; Joshua Vagnoman, Rick van Drongelen, Timo Letschert; Adrian Fein; Martin Harnik, Aaron Hunt, Jeremy Dudziak, Bakery Jatta; Joel Pohjanpalo
Substitutes: Tom Mickel, Louis Beyer, David Kinsombi, Christoph Moritz, Xavier Amaechi, Louis Schaub, Jairo Samperio, Lukas Hinterseer
The visitors were held 0-0 at home by leaders Arminia Bielefeld last weekend after conceding a 94th minute equaliser to draw their first game back. That was enough to take them above Stuttgart.
Joel Pohjanpalo keeps his place up front despite missing several good opportunities on Saturday, with top scorer Lukas Hinterseer remaining among the substitutes, along with Spanish forward Jairo Samperio.
Martin Harnik faces his former club and plays in midfield alongside fellow experienced campaigner Aaron Hunt.