Matchday Fact Check
Fact check before the away game in Nuremberg
An astounding head-to-head record, a vastly different HSV team and a few ex-employees on show for both sides – here are a number of interesting facts about the upcoming match-up between 1. FC Nürnberg and HSV.
#1 Positive head-to-head record
For the first time since the 2013/14 season 1. FC Nürnberg and Hamburger SV are facing up against each other in the league. The last league game between the two occurred on the 16th March 2014, with Nuremberg leaving the Volksparkstadion empty-handed after a 2-1 defeat, with goals coming from Hakan Çalhanoğlu and an own goal by Mike Frantz. HSV have generally been able to get the better of their opponents from Franconia, winning 34 and drawing 16 of the past 64 duels in the Bundesliga.
#2 Long winning streak
The last time that the two traditional clubs met was the 5th February 2019, with the trend gathering momentum and HSV once again being able to gain the upper hand; Berkay Özcan managed to score the only goal of the game to send the Rothosen through to the DFB Cup quarter-final, and secure their third victory in a row against the ‘Club’. Nuremberg’s last success came some seven matches ago, taking home all three points in August 2012 thanks to Hanno Balitsch’s winner in Hamburg. Nuremberg’s coach that day? Dieter Hecking.
#3 New-look HSV
The Hamburg side have managed to get eleven new players to sign on the dotted line during the current transfer window. Six of them were put straight into the starting XI for the season opener against SV Darmstadt 98: Daniel Heuer Fernandes, Jan Gyamerah, Tim Leibold, Adrian Fein, Jeremy Dudziak and Lukas Hinterseer all celebrated their competitive debuts for the Rothosen on Sunday. No other team in the second division had as many new faces on the field on the first weekend of the new campaign.
#4 Umpteen re-acquaintances
A quartet of Nuremberg players have history with their Monday-night opponents; Christian Mathenia, Törles Knöll (both 2016-18), Fabian Nürnberger (2012-15) and Hanno Behrens (2005-12) all called Hamburg home at one stage of their careers or another. Four protagonists on the Hamburg side will also be making a return to their old stomping ground, namely Dieter Hecking and his assistant Dirk Bremser (both 2009-2012), Ewerton (2017-19) and Tim Leibold (2015-19).
#5 Osmers in charge
Harm Osmers from Hannover is the man in the middle for the Monday-night floodlit spectacle between the two top sides. The 34-year-old investment manager has gathered 66 games of second division experience, as well as 34 games in the top division. A good omen: Osmers was also the referee for the clash between these two in the DFB Cup in February. Mark Borsch (Mönchengladbach) and Mike Pickel (Mendig) will be his assistants on Monday night, with Rene Rohde from Rostock sitting at his desktop in Cologne, ready to intervene as the video assistant referee.