Match Preview - The First Derby of the Season
Hamburger SV make the short trip to the Millerntor-Stadion on Friday night (18:30 CEST) to play arch-rivals St Pauli in a bid keep up their good recent league form.
It’s the first Hamburger Stadtderby of the season, with HSV away fans permitted for the first time since March 2020! These teams will meet for the 106th time when they face each other in St Pauli’s home patch. The city derby comes at an early point in the season with both teams on similar good early-season form. The Red Shorts will be hoping to take Sunday’s positive 2-1 win over Eintracht Braunschweig in the DFB Pokal first round into this game to give them an extra edge
The HSV News
Tim Walter looked pleased when asked about the personnel situation at the press conference. With the exception of Stephan Ambrosius, Robin Meißner and Tom Mickel, who have been injured for some time but are now all in rehabilitation training, the coach has all his men on board. Whether he will make any major changes to his starting line-up after two victories and a draw in the first three games of the season is something Walter naturally did not want to reveal. The final training session was also held behind closed doors in the stadium - a bit of poker-playing is part and parcel of such a special game. So it will be interesting to see whether the coach will field the same eleven as last time. The solution will follow this evening.
The home side, similar to HSV are having a good opening to the 2021/22 season. Sitting just one place above the Red Shorts (only on Goal Difference) in 4th place, St Pauli opened their campaign with a 3-0 victory over Holstein Kiel before drawing a blank with Erzgebirge Aue the following weekend. Head Coach Timo Schultz has aimed to bolster his squad who achieved a better end to the 2020/21 season. In addition to Eric Smith (KAA Gent, previously on loan), who has since signed a permanent contract, the squad also includes Etienne Amenyido (VfL Osnabrück), Jakov Medic (SV Wehen Wiesbaden), Lars Ritzka (SC Verl), Nikola Vasilj (Zorya Lugansk), Jackson Irvine (Hibernian FC). Marcel Hartel (Arminia Bielefeld) signed only the other day and is expected to make his debut. Off the back of their tightly contested DFB Pokal win over 3.Liga side 1.FC Magdeburg, St Pauli are also heading into the Stadtderby on a high.
The Match Facts
FC St. Pauli and Hamburger SV will face each other for the 106th time in a competitive match on Friday night. In terms of overall record, the Red shorts clearly enjoy dominance in the Hanseatic city, walking off the pitch victorious on 68 occasions. Both teams have shared the points 16 times, with HSV only suffering 21 defeats. However, HSV's record in 2.Bundesliga compares, with one win, two draws and three defeats, is clearly capable of improvement. The Red Shorts even scored in only two of the six games. A statistic that should not only be put into perspective with regard to the overall balance.
For the first time since the start of the Corona pandemic in Germany in March 2020, away fans are officially allowed at an HSV away game. Admittedly, the away trip to Millerntor-Stadion, some seven kilometers from Volkspark, is short, but the support of the Rothosen supporters - 700 are officially permitted, plus a few more spectators in the round will surely wear the rhombus in their hearts - should be all the greater for this special game.
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