Hamburg vs Stuttgart Preview
As Hamburg vs Stuttgart Preview is online for the second leg of the Bundesliga relegation playoff at Volksparkstadion on June 5, 2023.
With the victory in the first leg match against Hamburger with 3-0 at Mercedes Benz Arena, Stuttgart are one step ahead of Hamburg. Indeed, unless they can achieve something truly remarkable at Volksparkstadion, Hamburg’s season looks set to end in heartbreak once again.
With only two gaining automatic promotion from the second tier competition of Bundesliga, the team that finishes third going into the relegation playoff, Hamburg now missed out on returning to the top flight from the Bundesliga in 2018 by finishing fourth.
Last time out, HSV finally gave themselves a chance by bagging third spot, and they looked set to return to the big time when defeating Hertha Berlin 1-0 away from home in the first leg. However, they fell to a 2-0 defeat at home four days later to fall short once again in agonising fashion.
During a nail-biting final day of action, Tim Walter‘s side were on the cusp of gaining automatic promotion courtesy of their 1-0 win away to SV Sandhausen, but two injury-time strikes from Heidenheim saw them snatch victory away to Jahn Regensburg and jump from third to first in the table at Hamburg’s direct expense.
As such, it was perhaps unsurprising that Walter’s side appeared to be mentally fragile when visiting Stuttgart just four days later, with Konstantinos Mavropanos opening the scoring inside the opening minute of the encounter. Subsequent strikes from Josha Vagnoman and Serhou Guirassy have left them a mountain to climb.
Team News and Injury
Hamburg will remain without Noah Katterbach, Laszlo Benes, Omar Megeed and Andras Nemeth due to respective injury problems, while Suhonen is suspended after his dismissal during their first-leg defeat.
Given the lack of options at his disposal, Walter may have little choice but to name a similar team to the one that was completely outclassed by their opponents, but Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer should provide fresh impetus to the hosts’ attack after only being used from the bench.
Stuttgart will travel without Fabian Bredlow and Thomas Kastanaras due to long-term knee and ankle injuries respectively, but otherwise Hoeness appears to have a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Having produced an excellent performance on Thursday, it would be a huge surprise if the former Hoffenheim boss made any alterations to his starting XI, meaning Silas will be on the bench once again after being an unused substitute last time out.
The two teams have squared off 118 times in all competitions since 1937. The visitors have a narrow 48-46 lead in wins and 24 games have ended in draws.
The visitors have recorded wins in their last three meetings against the hosts, scoring three goals in their last two games. The visitors have lost three of their last four away games against the hosts, conceding 13 goals and scoring seven times in that period.
Hamburg are undefeated at home since November, recording wins in eight of the 10 games since. The visitors have just five wins in their travels this season, with just a couple of them coming in the Bundesliga.
The hosts have scored at least two goals in 10 of their last 11 home games in the league. The hosts have scored 14 goals in their last four home games.
Hamburg vs Stuttgart Prediction
It will be equal fight in the second leg match, as they have both meet on the hamsburg stadium. the hosts are expected to produce a solid performance in front of their fans, Stuttgart have been in good touch recently and are expected to play out a draw.