Match Preview


Match Preview vs Karlsruher SC

HSV aim to capitalize on their favourable away form with another topspiel Saturday night kick off against Karlsruher SC.  

The Rothosen have once again been chosen for the Topspiel Saturday evening kick off where we will be hosted by Karlsruher SC in Baden Württemberg. 

KSC are flirting with inconsistent form while HSV have been succumbed to draws in our previous run of games but with strong away performances this season. An exciting game could be on the cards for Saturday evening nevertheless. 

Opponents Focus: 

Our Opponents are enduring what was described by Head Coach Christian Eichner as a “Emotional rollercoaster. A fitting narrative given the clubs recent results. Sitting 9th in the table with 16 points. Consistency, much like ourselves, has been the problem in Baden. A variety of strong results like the win over Schalke 04 at the Veltins Arena to losing 4 goals in the first half at home to SC Paderborn.

Not to forget the triumphant DFB Pokal upset by KSC against Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen, winning 2-1. A dominate performance from the start saw them overcome a strong opponent in Leverkusen and book their place in the Last 16 alongside HSV. While HSV will travel to Bundesliga opponents in 1.FC Köln, KSC will travel to Bavaria to play the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition against 1860 München. 

Phillipp Hofmann has been the talisman for KSC for the past few season and it is once again the player to watch this weekend. Six goals so far from Hofmann this year, he scored last time out in the 4-2 defeat to SC Paderborn. 

HSV News:

As previously mentioned, away form has been well in the favour for the Rothosen this season. A strong glimpse of form, something Head Coach Tim Walter will be keen to build on, as well as getting back to winning ways at home. 

During the Press conference Walter addressed the philosophy behind the style of play and how its important to point out that the results will come: 

“We want to be successful in the long and medium term. We want to develop players, create scoring chances and then eventually score goals. We also want to defend passionately, which we do. Maybe people say the balance is off, but we are one of the most compact teams in the league. We concede the third fewest goal chances and create the most ourselves. Therefore, the development is on the right track. The willingness and the courage are there. Now we have to reward ourselves even more consistently in the form of goals.” 
On the Injury front, Walter added about goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes and the impressive debut from Marko Johansson : “We are looking at him from day to day. We only have the game on Saturday evening, so we will wait and see how he is tomorrow. Marko Johansson has also done a great job, so we trust him just as much. Knowing that Ferro is a very important part of our team and our playing philosophy.”

The Match Facts : 

65th meeting of the two traditional club

HSV and KSC have met four times in the 2.Bundelsiga so far. So this Saturday will be only the fifth encounter in the German lower division, but the clash has had much more to offer in the past: They met twice in the final round of the German championship (0/1/1), 48 times in the Bundesliga (from 1963) (17/18/13), plus the two relegation matches from 2015 (1:1 and 2:1 n.V.), which every HSV fan remembers fondly, and five duels in the DFB Cup (1/0/4 - all in Karlsruhe). There was also a premiere in the cup: In the final on 5 August 1956, the Red Shorts lost 1:3 at the Wildpark. If you add the 3 friendlies (1/1/1), today is the 65th meeting (23W/22D/19L from HSV's point of view so far).

By the way, the last encounter ended in a 1-1 draw on matchday 30 of last season. Simon Terodde scored to make it 1:0, Daniel Gordon scored the 1:1 equaliser. 

Race and fight to the end
HSV's players can't be accused of anything in terms of commitment and will this season. If you look at the mileage per game, the Red Shorts lead the ranking with 1418.65 kilometres run so far or the equivalent of 118.22 km/game (2nd Regensburg with 1405.23 km = 117.10 (-1.12)). The KSC ranks 14th in this statistic with 1343.71 km or 111.98 km/game so far (-6.24). In addition, the HSV players saw the most cards of all league rivals (32). In addition, they scored 7 times in the final quarter of the match and are thus also top of the league.

Walter's return to his homeland

Tim Walter knows his way around the Wildpark. The HSV head coach was born in Bruchsal. That is only about 20 km north of Karlsruhe. The 45-year-old football coach also began his coaching career in the youth of KSC. In the 2013/14 season he coached the U17s, in the following season (2014/15) the U19s, before then going to FC Bayern (U17s, 2015-17; FCB II, 2017/18). In the men's professional sector, he has met KSC once so far. Walter won the duel as coach of VfB Stuttgart on 24/11/2019 in the 2. Liga with 3:0 in the home stadium. At the Wildpark, it will be his premiere at the professional level.

Where can I watch the Game? 

Austria - Sky Sport Bundesliga 2, Sky Go
Bulgaria - Nova Sport Bulgaria
Brazil – Onefootball
Denmark - Viaplay Denmark, TV3 MAX
Finland - Elisa Viihde Viaplay
Iceland - Viaplay Iceland
Israel - Sport 2
Norway - Viaplay Norway
Poland - Viaplay Poland
Russia -
Slovenia - ŠTV 1
Sweden - Viaplay Sweden
Switzerland - Sky Sport Bundesliga 2
Turkey - beIN CONNECT Turkey