Match Preview vs Holstein Kiel
Another Northern battle in the 2. Bundesliga as we host Holstein Kiel for the Saturday night topspiel at the Volksparkstadion.
This season will feature a lot of northern duels once again in the 2. Bundesliga and we have another already. Holstein Kiel will visit the Volksparkstadion on Saturday evening as we once are the game of the week on the late kick off.
Kiel were thrashed out of the DFB Pokal to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim following a 5-1 defeat, that followed two 1-1 draws in a row as the side from the north try to create some stability this season.
Last time out HSV were up against Paderborn in Ostwestfalen. Three points were brought back to the Hanseatic city thanks to our very own Tommy Doyle. The very late substitute struck with seconds remaining on the clock to grab his first goal and the win for HSV. Moritz Heyer grabbed an early goal at the start of the match which was canceled out by Felix Platte. The HSV players were also taken right to the distance in their DFB Pokal victory over 1.FC Nürnberg were penalties decided the game.
Kiel were a side that impressed last season and tipped us to the relegation play of place, almost gaining automatic promotion. This year it just hasn’t quite clicked for Die Störche as the currently sit in one point above the opposite relegation play off place. Ole Werner’s tenure at the club came to an end early on this season following the stuttering start to this campaign. His replacement Marcel Rapp has seen some more positive results but Kiel yet to get there season truly underway.
Familiar faces in the Kiel ranks with former striker Jan-Fietre Arp leading the line for our northern opponents and Lewis Holtby another notable figure recently signed for the Storks. Still remaining the youngest ever goal-scorer for HSV, he made the move from Bayern München in the summer.
Only two defeats in five in their previous fixtures which included draws with Darmstadt and fellow strugglers Ingolstadt. Their last victory came over our previous league opponents Paderborn in what was a surprising result given the form of both teams. Kiel crashed out of the cup on Tuesday night during the Englische Woche to the hands of Bundesliga Hoffenheim. A resounding 5-1 victory for the side in the top flight which include a double of own goals for the storks.
Two thirds of this English week has been positive so far as we welcome the storks to Volkspark on Saturday afternoon, hoping to make that three wins out of three.
An impressive performance was rewarded with a 2-1 victory in NRW. Tommy Doyle and Mortiz Heyer on the score sheet. That was followed by a cup thriller in Bavaria, where both sides fought for 120 minutes before penalty kicks were the decisive factor. HSV came out on top thanks to a save from Daniel Heuer Fernandes and the winning penalty from Jonas David, the young defender grabbed the only HSV goal as it ended 1-1 by 120 minutes.
Despite two good results some bitter news came this as Tim Leibold is unlikely to feature again this season. A ruptured cruciate ligament during the Nürnberg game will keep our left back on the sidelines and we wish him all the best with his recovery.
Heuer Fernandes is another who came back from Bavaria not 100% fit, its yet to be decided if our number 1 will feature on Saturday night.
The Match Facts :
Still no win against Kiel
After relegation, HSV met KSV Holstein Kiel six times. So far, not a single victory has been achieved. In their first season in the 2.Liga, a 0:3 loss at the start of the season and then1:3 at the Förde, incidentally with Tim Walter as the Kiel coach. After that, there were four draws (3x 1:1, 1x 3:3). In the last encounter in Hamburg, the visitors took a 1:0 lead through Jae-sung Lee, Simon Terodde equalised shortly afterwards. Now it's about time for a win.
Dangerous until the end
"My team believes in itself until the end," head coach Tim Walter has often stressed. The numbers confirm him. No other team scored more goals in the final quarter than HSV. With seven goals, they are top of the standings This has already resulted in eight more points on the account against Schalke (3:1), Sandhausen (2:1), Nürnberg (2:2), Aue (1:1) and Paderborn (2:1). In addition, the Red Shorts conceded the fewest goals in the final quarter of an hour (1).
Game against the Ex's
When HSV and KSV Holstein Kiel meet, it is also the reunion of many former players with their ex-club. Tim Walter (45) coached the Störche in the 2018/19 season, while David Kinsombi (25, at Kiel from 2017-2019) will meet his former club on the Hamburg side, as will Jonas Meffert (27,2018-2021 at the Förde). Kiel have three former Rothosen in the squad with Fiete Arp (21), Lewis Holtby (31) and Finn Porath (24), plus the injured Ahmet Arslan (27). Co-coach Dirk Bremser (56) also has Hamburg experience on the sidelines.
Where can I watch the Game?
Austria- Sky Sport Bundesliga UHD, Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga 2
Bulgaria- Play Diema Xtra, Diema Sport 3
Brazil - Bet365, Onefootball
Cyprus - Nova Sports 3 Cyprus
Denmark - Viaplay Denmark, TV3 Sport
Estonia - Viaplay Estonia
Finland - Elisa Viihde Viaplay
Hungary - Arena4
Iceland - Viaplay Iceland
Israel - Sport 2
Latvia - Viaplay Latvia
Lithuania - Viaplay Lithuania
Norway - V Sport 1, Viaplay Norway
Poland - Viaplay Poland
Portugal - Eleven Sports 4 Portugal
Russia - matchtv.ru
Slovenia - ŠTV 2
Sweden - Viaplay Sweden
Switzerland - Sky Sport Bundesliga 2
Turkey - beIN CONNECT Turkey