Match Preview vs 1.FC Nürnberg
1.FC Nürnberg are the visitors to the Volksparkstadion as we make our return home following the Derbysieger vs Werden Bremen last weekend. Two teams in form as this promises to be a very exciting fixture.
Unbeaten Nürnberg head north from the Franconian region of Bavaria on the back of their 1-0 winner over fellow northerners Hansa Rostock on Friday evening. Erik Schuranov bagged the only goal for Robert Klauß’s side to extend their run of matches without a loss to seven.
HSV are now starting the hit from under Tim Walter’s reign and with an impressive 2-0 victory over northern rivals SV Werder Bremen, hopes will be high in the Hanseatic city for a continuation of the past two victories. Robert Glatzel and the new goal scoring machine Moritz Heyer were on target for the Rothosen at the Weserstadion.
The last meeting between the sides took place at the tailend of last season as HSV ran out 5-2 winners at the Volksparkstadion. Robin Meißner grabbed his first professional goal and assist on his debut during this game.
Our visitors make the long journey north, traveling as the leagues most inform side. The only side to not have recorded a loss in the 2. Bundesliga campaign this season. Seven games undefeated for Klauß and his team as they currently sit in 4th place, one point ahead of HSV which makes this game even more exciting.
A side that have been heading towards the relegation battles in their previous two seasons look a completely different outfit. Under the direction of former HSV Head Coach Dieter Hecking as Sporting Director and Klauß who is another young coach that came through the Red Bull system.
On the pitch Mats Möller Daehlli has impressed since signing in the summer following his short loan move at the end of last season. 3 Assists for the Norwegian who is fairly used to playing in the city of Hamburg after several years spent with city rivals FC St Pauli.
Maxi Rohr this week joined the injury list with Tom Mickel, Stephan Ambrosius and Josha Vagnoman. The midfielder suffered a muscle injury in training and also missed out on the Nordderby victory.
Head Coach Tim Walter will be without his captain this week following the second yellow card of Sebastian Schonlau at the Weserstadion. In Friday nights Press Conference Walter commented on the Croat U21 international Mario Vuskovic who could well make his starting debut on Sunday if called to be the replacement for Schonlau. "To compensate for Sebastian Schonlau's absence, we have three options. We can change the system to a three-man backline, we can move Moritz Heyer from midfield into central defence or we can make a one-to-one replacement with Mario Vuskovic. The way he presented himself after a substitution in Bremen was worthy of all honour, but we must not forget that he is still very new with us"
The Match Facts:
Former Rothosen in many positions
Sporting director, co-trainer, goalkeeper and midfielder: Four different positions at 1. FC Nürnberg are held by former Red Shorts. Former head coach Dieter Hecking (57, 2019/20 at HSV) is responsible for the sporting decisions, while his former co-coach Tobias Schweinsteiger (39) now acts as assistant to FCN head coach Robert Klauß. Between the posts, the coaching team trusts Christian Mathenia (29, 2018-20 at HSV), who has conceded the fewest goals in the league to date (five, the same as 1. FC Heidenheim). Last but not least, Fabian Nürnberger, a native of Hamburg and former HSV youth player, plods along at the eight position
In the North derby against SV Werder Bremen (18 September, 2:0), Jonas David won 78 per cent of his duels and repeatedly showed good actions in the opening of the game, thus confirming his strong development. The 21-year-old has been on the pitch for more than 90 minutes in every league match so far this season and has covered a total of 76.1 kilometres in 630 minutes of action - only nine players in the league can boast a higher figure, and no one can match the Hamburg-born centre-back.
Nürnberg unbeatable so far
1. FC Nürnberg are the only team in the 2nd Bundesliga not to have suffered a defeat so far. But there is a slight catch: After seven matchdays, the team has only three victories to its name, four games ended in a draw. This is mainly due to the away record. All three matches so far have ended in a draw. On Matchday 2, they drew 2-2 in Paderborn, on Matchday 4 they drew 0-0 in Ingolstadt and on Matchday 6 they drew 2-2 in Regensburg. From HSV's point of view, it is to be hoped that the record will not be improved on Sunday (26 September, kick-off: 13.30).
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