Germany's "North Derby" is about to go down this evening, when the Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen collide once again. And to spice things up, both teams are certainly not just in it for the prestige of beating the local rival, as both are still knee-deep involved in the relegation struggle. Bremen currently sits on rank number 16, which is the relegation playoff rank and forces the team, which ends on it, to face the 3rd team out of the 2. Bundesliga to determine, if the 2. Bundesliga team will advance and the 16th team from the 1. Bundesliga is going down or not. Hamburg ended up twice in a row on he 16th rank and could only then avoid the relegation down to the 2. Bundesliga. Which is the reason why the HSV is still the sole club in Germany, which always played first class (even before the Bundesliga existed). But going a third time straight into the relegation playoffs would be something that the Hamburgers are certainly not keen on. Speaking of triples: Only three points do separate currently 16th rankend Werder Bremen from the HSV. So this heated derby between two struggling, famous clubs has all the ingredients for major excitement!
It's got to be all-in for Hamburger
For the hosts it is sort of a "make or break" game. Victory would propel them six points ahead of rank 16, which would be big this late in the season. The question is: Can they pull the trigger? If the latest games are any indication, then even the most optimistic fan will have to keep his fingers crossed tightly. Four out of the five last games were lost, with the sole exception being a victory about bruised and battered Hannover 96. A club that by now is inevitably on it's way down. And last weekend the HSV failed to put away a Dortmund B squad. Despite several scoring opportunities in the first half, they still lost 0:3. And to make matters worse, there are several personnel worries to be dealt with. Goalkeeper Rene Adler is suspended after a red card in the Dortmund game. He will be replaced by Jaroslav Drobny. Also Ivica Olic and Josip Drmic are certain to be unavailable. And if Albin Ekdal and Pierre-Michel Lasogga are good to play, is yet to be seen. In a dire situation like this, coach Bruno Labbadia is banking his hopes on a burst of team spirit: "The situation is in our own hands and we have the possibility to take an important step. We firmly believe in it."
Werder Bremen is not to be taken lightly
Certainly one doesn't end up on rank 16 this deep into the season, when everything went fine. It was a strange mixture for Werder Bremen so far. They struggled big time in the Bundesliga, yet made it as far as into the semi finals of the DFB Cup, only being stopped 0:2 by the universally acknowledged powerhouse, that is Bayern Munich. All in all their latest showings were better than what their ranking in the Bundesliga reflects. If anything, they have come back to life since March with mixed results against stiff competition (three wins, one draw, three losses in the last seven games). Right now they are coming off a 3:2 victory at home against Wolfsburg. And their loss against Bayern this Tuesday in the cup is nothing to be ashamed of. Bremen played better than many thought they would. And what could be the real difference maker is that Werder Bremen has nowhere near the personnel issues that trouble the Hamburgers right now. The only regular, that is currently sidelined, would be Philipp Bargfrede. Other than that, coach Viktor Skripnik has all the usual suspects for being in the starting squad on hand.
This is what the odds at Tipbet look like:
As far as the Tipbet odds are concerned, this one is wide open. There is hardly any difference between the home and away odds, being at 2.55 (home) and 2.60 (away). With both teams being close to each other, close to the bottom in the league table and with it being a derby, there is indeed much room for surprises.
However, it cannot be denied that it is a whole lot easier to make a case for Bremen rather than for Hamburg. Bremen just looked better in it's latest showings and is nowhere near as plagued with injuries and suspensions as Hamburg is. The away win at odds of 2.60 is totally worth a stab.
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*Odds from 22.04.2016 13:30 o'clock (No guarantee for displayed odds and statistics to be accurate. Changes of the odds may occur)