Match Preview

Match Preview – SV Darmstadt Vist the Volkspark

SV Darmstadt 98 are our visitors to the Volksparkstadion on Sunday 22nd August as the Red Shorts aim to put the derby defeat behind them. 

Both sides are coming into the game on the back of fairly contrasting results. A  3-2 defeat in the Stadtderby last weekend gave HSV their first defeat of the season. At the other end, Darmstadt picked up their first three points on Saturday with a resounding 6-1 victory over newly promoted Ingolstadt. 

HSV News

It was not an easy week for Tim Walter and his team. The derby defeat was lingering, but the coach and his players had used the days to turn the existing frustration into energy. During Friday's Press Conference Walter said, "We worked a lot, focused on the new task and the players trained with extremely great passion," On team news... Josh Vagnoman was added to the injury last following a tendon tear in the Stadtderby last week. "Our long-term absences are known, but beyond that, all men are on board. Marko Johansson is also fully participating and doing very well, as are the other goalkeepers. Since I haven't talked to them yet about who will be in the squad for Sunday's game, I don't want to reveal it at this point." added walter.

Elsewhere Youngster Anssi Suhonen recieved a call up to the Finnish U21 squad starting at the end of the month! 

Opponents Focus 

The Lillies come into this game in a mixed  bag of form. Two defeats from three and an early exit in the DFB-Pokal to 3.Liga side 1860 München for Torsten Lieberkneckt’s men. Though, they did just run rampant against newly promoted FC Ingolstadt in a 6-1 hammering last weekend. A big threat from this side will be their in form strikers.  Luca Pfeiffer (1.96 metres) and Phillip Tietz (1.90 metres) cannot be overlooked because of their height, but the attacking duo also attracts attention with strong performances. The two newcomers (Pfeiffer arriving from FC Midtjylland in Denmark, Tietz from SV Wehen Wiesbaden) have scored a total of five goals after four matches. Four of the five goals were scored by the two attackers last weekend, when they each scored a brace in the 6:1 home win against FC Ingolstadt. 

The Match Facts 

To date, six 2. Bundesliga  matches have been played between Hamburger SV and SV Darmstadt 98 - and the balance could not be more even. Each team has two wins, and the statistics also include two draws. So far, the games have gone as follows: Win HSV, win Darmstadt, draw, draw, win HSV, win Darmstadt. If the sequence stays in rhythm, there can only be one winner on Sunday (22 August, kick-off: 13.30)...

Morten Behrens (64), Frank Ronstadt (53) and Patric Pfeiffer (23) have played a total of 140 competitive games for the HSV II team. Klaus Gjasula (16) and Lasse Sobiech (twelve) even have a combined total of 28 appearances for the professionals. All five current SVD professionals have a HSV past and will return to their old stomping grounds on Sunday. Unfortunatley for the Lilies: There is a question mark over the use of defender Sobiech due to muscular problems.

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