Professionals | 12/04/2019

Matchday 29

Preview ahead of the home game against HSV

It doesn’t get much bigger than this. The two biggest clubs in the league going head-to-head as first and second in the midst of the promotion battle. That is just the case as 1. FC Köln and Hamburger SV meet on Monday night, with both knowing a win would be a huge step forward to achieving the respective goals this season.

Form check

1. FC Köln: Despite the draw against MSV Duisburg last time out, it’s been a positive few weeks for FC. Six wins in a row were followed by a 4:4 draw in Duisburg, which meant a seven-point gap had been built over HSV. That means that destiny is well within the hands of the FC players. A win against Hamburg would be another huge step on the way to achieving the goal, and would continue what has been a spectacular run of form since the victory against Sandhausen.

Hamburger SV: For Hannes Wolf’s men, it’s been a tough few weeks. As the opposition has continued to stutter and stumble, they have missed the chance to move clear of the chasing pack with FC. Instead, HSV sit three points ahead of Union with trips to Berlin and Paderborn still to come. Despite their DFB-Pokal semi-final, a worrying run of three league wins in nine games now has HSV looking over their shoulder as teams continue to try and close the gap. Another winless game would mean a similar run of form to that when Christian Titz was sacked.

Managers have had their say

Markus Anfang: “In the last while, HSV haven’t got the results they wanted. In that time, they changed their system. It could also be that they go back to their old system. We’re prepared for both. We know that from the situation, that Holtby is suspended and that Lasogga came out of training early – but that means nothing for Monday. We know that HSV need to take points because of the way the table is. We won’t do anything other than play for the win. We need our points.”

Hannes Wolf: “Naturally, I saw the game (4:4 against MSV Duisburg). We will prepare well tactically for the opponent. But it is also clear, that the tactically help can only go to a certain point.”

Squad update

1. FC Köln: Heading into the game against HSV, there is the challenge of managing the squad during an English week. However, the majority of the squad are in good shape. Christian Clemens has thigh problems and, like Jorge Meré should gradually work back into team training for Monday.

Hamburger SV: HSV have a few concerns ahead of the game on Monday. Lewis Holtby will miss out due to suspension, after he picked up a fifth yellow card against Magdeburg. Pierre-Michel Lasogga stopped training early due to a concern over his adductor, while the game may well come too soon for Hwang Hee-Chan and Josha Vagnoman.


  • Another Dominick Drexler assist for Simon Terodde means that he has 15 assists this season. Six of which have gone to the league’s top scorer, Terodde. A further five have been to Jhon Cordoba. The Terodde-Drexler and Cordoba-Drexler partnerships are the two most successful in the league.
  • HSV have conceded 15 goals from set-pieces this season, a league high along with Duisburg and Greuther Fürth. On the other hand, no team has managed to find the back of the net from dead-ball situations than FC. Markus Anfang’s men lead the league with 17.
  • The game promises to be pleasing on the eye, at least when it comes to passing and possession. Both teams lead the league when it comes to possession and pass accuracy. Something will have to give between two sides who are keen to control the ball and play when it comes to their games.

Opposition dangerman

Pierre-Michel Lasogga has been the main source of HSV’s goals this season, in a campaign where they have been hard to come by. With 13 in 22 games, it’s a very solid return for the 27-year-old striker. Physically strong and very good in the air, Lasogga is a handful for the opposition defenders even when he isn’t scoring goals. He was, of course, the man who got the winner in the away game and will be out to try and repeat that feat again on Monday.


  • FC have faced HSV 106 times before the fixture on Monday, but just the once in 2. Bundesliga. Hamburg won that game 1:0, which was their 42nd win against FC. 1. FC Köln have won 37 of the meetings, with the other 27 ending in draws.
  • The last time FC beat HSV at home was in the 2016-17 season, where Anthony Modeste popped up with a hat-trick to help Peter Stöger’s side to all three points.

TV Schedule

Austria, Germany, Switzerland - Sky Sport Bundesliga

Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia - Digi Sport 3

Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden - Viaplay

Greece - Cosmote Sport

Hungary - Sport 1

Ireland and UK - BT Sport

Netherlands - Fox Sports

Poland - Eleven Sports Poland

United States - FOX Soccer Match Pass

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Total table
9TSG 1899 Hoffenheim35
101. FC Köln32
111. FC Union Berlin30