BVB head to Hamburg to take on HSV in the Bundesliga this Saturday. Dortmund has struggled in the league this year currently sitting 6th on the table with 15 points. Hamburg are doing quite a bit worse, sitting at the bottom of the table with 2 points. While BVB is definitely the favorite, they did struggle vs bottom of the table Ingolstadt just a few weeks ago.
Dortmund looked good against Sporting this week and put on one of their best defensive performances of the season. With Hamburgs offence being the absolute worst in the league they shouldn't be too much of a scoring threat. Hamburg have scored two goals in the league this year, yes you read that right TWO GOALS. They havent scored a goal since their loss to Bayer on September 10th, and both of their league goals are from american Bobby Wood. Wood, is suspended for three games for an unfair elbow to the face. Other then him, there really isn’t a single scoring threat on HSV. Now you’d think that a team with a terrible offense would try to make up for it by playing a defensive style of football right? Well Hamburg are also pretty bad there as well. They have only kept one league clean sheet in the season and have given up 6 goals in their past 2 games. That’s not great!
Dortmund looks to have a standard squad available for the game, with Tuchel saying Raph and Schurrle are probably out and Nuri and Reus are definitely out. Hopefully Aubameyang will be playing after some midweek drama. Even though Aubameyang's scoring has been down this season he is still an important threat on offence. Just the threat of Auba opens other players with chances to score. Not sure who Tuchel will use against HSV, but it may feel like a rotated squad. WIth the international break imminent and BVB having some terrible injury luck during these breaks he may want to mitigate risk by rotating against HSV. Also we play Bayern right after the break, so we definitely need to be as fresh as possible for that. As for predicted lineups BVB’s social team predicted XI is most probable.
One thing that may be diffrent there is Dembele who was removed at halftime against Sporting for not playing well. I’m not sure if TT rewards him with a start after playing badly the past two weeks. As for my hopes this match, maybe we will get to see Kagawa come off the bench and prove himself to the team again. He’s played dreadfully this year, but I still believe he has the ability to play at a high level. Also If this is true, Ginter CB confirms that we are roasting a bit but makes me nervous, eve if Hamburg doesn’t have great scoring ability. This game shouldn't be too hard, but you never know! What do you think the score will be?