After winning the first leg 1-0 at Hertha, Hamburger SV will host Hertha in the second leg at the Volksparkstadiun on Monday at 19:30GMT as the two teams seek to win a position in the Bundesliga next season.
Can Hamburger SV Retain the Advantage from the First Leg to Win Promotion to the Bundesliga?
After doing the hard part of winning the first leg and establishing a robust advantage for the second leg, Hamburger will be expected to hold their nerve and parlay their advantage into a win of promotion to the Bundesliga.
The challenge they will face on Monday is a Hertha side that will be looking to mount a comeback to retain their Bundesliga status after they finished 16th on the table – level on 33 points with VfB Stuttgart but with an inferior goal difference.
With the pressure on, Hamburger’s players will be expected to use their experience to navigate the tricky second leg tie.
Can Hertha Mount a Come-Back away from Home to retain their Bundesliga Status?
Hertha have their backs to the wall ahead of the second leg in their play-off fixture against Hamburger. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Hertha will be looking for a way back.
The approach will have to emphasize attack as they need the goals to overturn the tie while ensuring that their defence can withstand the attacking challenge posed by Hamburger.
Conceding in the second leg will make the job even harder than it already is as they seek to retain their Bundesliga status.
In the last five matches in the 2 Bundesliga, Hamburger SV won five on their way to finishing the season with 60 points, level with Darmstadt, but with a superior goal difference.
Hamburger missed direct promotion by three points, with Werder finishing with 63 points, and league leaders Schalke finishing top of the table with 65 points.
They will be looking to parlay this form when they face Hertha in the second leg of their play-off tie, with a 1-0 lead from the first leg.
Hertha finished the Bundesliga season with two straight defeats. They only won two of their last five rounds of fixtures in the Bundesliga on their way to finishing 16th with 33 points.
Hertha collected 7 points from the available 15, thus dropping 8 in the process; this run of form meant that they could not overcome VfB Stuttgart on 15th on the table on goal difference.
Hamburger will be without left-back Tim Leibold for the clash against Hertha on Monday. The 28-year-old has been sidelined since October 27th, 2021 with a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Hamburger will also be without central midfielder Anssi Suhonen for the second-leg match against Hertha. The 21-year-old has already missed two matches for Hamburger since May 12th, 2022, when he suffered a fibula fracture.
Hertha have several players that are doubts for the clash with Hamburger SV in the second leg of their play-off tie for a place in next season’s Bundesliga.
Some of the doubtful players include right winger Kelian Nsona (ruptured cruciate ligament), goalkeeper Marcel Lotka (Nasal bone fracture), and centre-forward Davide Selke (thigh problems).
Other players with injury problems include Marton Dardai (thigh problems), right-winger Dong-jun Lee (knee injury), goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow (muscle problem), and goalkeeper Rune Jarstein (knee surgery).
Possible Starting Lineups
Fernandes; M. M. M. Muheim, S. Schonlau, M. Vuskovic, M. Heyer; M. Rohr, J. Meffert, L. Reis; S. Kittel, R. Glatzel, B. Jatta
Christensen; P. Pekarik, D. Boyata, M. Kempf, M. Plattenhardt; S. Sedar, N. Stark, L. Tousart, M. Mittelstadt; I. Belfodil, L. Wollschlager
Players to Watch
The hero from the first leg with a goal, Reis will be important for Hamburger in the second leg.
The midfielder will be crucial in dominating the ball and controlling the tempo of the match.
The forward gas had five goals and two assists in 26 appearances for Hertha this season as the team has underperformed and failed to ensure their safety in the league.
However, with Hertha trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Belfodil will be crucial for the second leg as they look to find the goals they need to overturn the first leg result.
This will be a cagey match. Hamburger SV will seek to protect their lead while Hertha will look to mount a comeback.
Hamburger are the favourites to win the match and gain promotion to the Bundesliga.
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