Hamburger SV v Schalke 04 Preview

January 24, 2014 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountGerman Bundesliga action Sunday Afternoon comes from the Imtech Arena featuring Hamburg v Schalke 04.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 16:30pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Hamburger SV v Schalke 04 Preview, Bundesliga, Sunday 26th January 2014

Just two points seperate Hamburg from slipping into the bottom three places of the league table, which makes this game on sunday afternoon a must win if they are to avoid that happening. It’s been a frustrating season for all Hamburg fans and with just four victories from their seventeen matches played it is going to be a very difficult last few months for everyone involved at the club, even more so if they lose this game.

Schalke 04 are having a productive season after a poor start and are currently on the verge of a European place for next season having secured 28pts from their seventeen matches played which currently has them in 7th position of the league table and a victory in this game is essential if they are to keep up the pressure on Hertha Berlin above them.

Hamburger SV v Schalke 04 Team News

Hamburger SV Team News:

Rene Adler, Heiko Westermann, Johan Djourou, Kerem Demirbay and Maximilian Beister are all unavailable for this game as each player continues to receive treatment for respective injury problems and midfielder Tomas Rincon will also be unavailable as he serves a suspension.

Schalke 04 Team News:

Jan Kirchhoff, Christian Clemens, Marco Hoger, Dennis Aogo, Julian Draxler, Benedikt Howedes, Anthony Annan and Jan-Klass Huntelaar are all unavailable for the visitors as they all continue to receive treatment for respective injuries.

Hamburger SV v Schalke 04 Head to Head Statistics

Sunday afternoon’s game from the Imtech Arena will become the 91st meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Hamburger SV have won 34 times (22 at the Imtech Arena), Schalke 04 have won 34 times (10 at the Imtech Arena) and there has been 22 draws (13 at the Imtech Arena).

The head to head statistics table below shows the last 5 matches played between the two sides and shows Schalke 04 with a clear advantage having won 3 times, with Hamburger SV only having managed 1 victory and the remaining game having finished all square.

11/08/13 BUN Schalke 04 – Hamburger SV 3 : 3
28/04/13 BUN Schalke 04 – Hamburger SV 4 : 1
27/11/12 BUN Hamburger SV – Schalke 04 3 : 1
11/03/12 BUN Schalke 04 – Hamburger SV 3 : 1
02/10/11 BUN Hamburger SV – Schalke 04
1 : 2

Average Goals Per Game?

274 goals have been scored during the previous 90 matches which gives us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 3.04 and with 149 goals having been scored in the 45 matches played at the Imtech Arena we are provided with an average goals per game statistic of 3.11.

Both average goals per game statistics strongly suggest that this game should see at least three or more goals scored on sunday afternoon.

Hamburger SV v Schalke 04 Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Hamburger SV: L D D W W

Schalke 04: W D W L L

Not much between the two clubs here on the recent form statistics with both sides having managed to secure 2 victories from their last 5 matches played, although Hamburg have only lost 1 of these, compared to Schalke 04 having lost 2.

Hamburger SV v Schalke 04 Match Betting Odds Market.

Hamburger SV have only managed just four victories this season, but they do hold a significant advantage over their visitors in this fixture over the years and are certainly not without a chance of winning this game as their current best price of 9/5 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) clearly suggests.

The Draw has not been a regular result seen when these two sides have met each other over the years, but the last meeting they played during last season did finish all square at 3-3 and with both clubs desperate for points for very different reasons I can easily see this game following suit and at a current best price of 13/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) this looks sure to see plenty of interest.

Schalke 04 have had a much better time of it so far this season as their 7th place league position shows, but they do have a large number of injuries to key players in their squad and so it does surprise me a little to see the online bookmakers having them priced up as the clear favourites to win this game at odds of 6/4 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Hamburger SV v Schalke 04 Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Another tough game to be really confident about choosing a winner from as although Schalke 04 have been by far the better side this season, their large injury list which consisits of certain key players is certainly not going to help their cause in this game come sunday afternoon.

Hamburger SV do have the all important home advantage and with being just two points away from being dragged into the bottom three sides of the league table a win is crucial for them if they are to start making their way back up the table and into a much safer position.

The head to head stats show that all of the previous five matches have seen at least 3 goals scored along with both teams having scored in each game and it does seem to be a safer option to play the goals markets here rather than take a risk on choosing one of these sides to win the game.

The Verdict

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