Preview: Hamburg vs Bayern

Hamburger SV will play host to defending champions FC Bayern München on Saturday hoping to end a run of three successive Bundesliga defeats.

Bundesliga
24 September 2016
Kick-off 21:30 (HKT)

Venue: Volksparkstadion

Referee: F. Zwayer
Assistants: T. Schiffner, C. Bornhorst
Fourth official: R. Schroder

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Hamburg 106 20 26 64
Bayern 106 64 22 20

Previous encounter:

Hamburg 1-2 Bayern – 22/01/2016 (Bundesliga)

Bayern goalscorers: R. Lewandowski (37′ pen, 61′)

Hamburg goalscorers: X. Alonso (53′ OG)

Players to watch:

Robert Lewandowski will be the man to watch, the striker having an incredible record against Hamburg – with 10 goals and five assists in 12 meetings.

The Poland international leads the scoring charts in the top flight this season with five goals in the opening four games.

Rene Adler is widely considered as one of the most talented goalkeepers in the league but his record against Bayern is woeful – he will surely have to put the record straight if his team are to come away with anything from this fixture.

The 31-year-old Germany international has conceded 41 goals in 14 outings against the Bavarians and has yet to keep a clean sheet.

Team news and manager quotes:

With one point from four matches, Hamburg have made their worst start to a campaign in five years, but head coach Bruno Labbadia has no new injuries or suspensions to worry about going into this daunting fixture.

The club has never lost more than three successive matches under Labbadia since his arrival from VfB Stuttgart.

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Bayern are unbeaten in 15 matches and they have been provided with a boost, after manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Arjen Robben and Jermone Boateng will be on the bench on Saturday as they continue their return to full fitness.

“I’m sure that tomorrow will be difficult for us. We want to go in to the game like we did against Hertha Berlin,” the Italian told reporters.

“Manuel Neuer, Lewandowski and Hummels will start. Boateng and Robben are on the bench. I will rotate tomorrow. I’ll decide on the line-up after training.

“Hamburg will try to defend well and hit us on the counter. We need to be prepared for that.”

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