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Failures, squad, staff, expected line-up



Magath's Herthaner welcome HSV for the first leg in the relegation.

Hertha BSC meets Hamburger SV in the relegation for the Bundesliga. The first leg takes place today. Failures, squad, staff, expected line-up – SPOX gives you information on the personnel situation of both teams.

In the fight for the 18th place in the Bundesliga for the 2022/23 season, Hertha BSC and Hamburger SV will face off in the first leg on Thursday, May 19th.

The first of a total of two encounters will take place at 8.30 p.m. in the Berlin Olympic Stadium. The second leg is scheduled for Monday 23 May in Hamburg.

Bundesliga, relegation: The two games at a glance

date kick-off home away round
Thu, May 19, 2022 8.30 p.m Hertha BSC Hamburger SV first leg
Mon, May 23, 2022 8.30 p.m Hamburger SV Hertha BSC second leg

Hertha BSC against HSV: failures, squad, staff

Hertha: Coach Felix Magath will probably have to do without his first-choice goalkeeper in the first leg of the relegation. Marcel Lotka broke his nose and suffered a concussion in the 2-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund on the last day of the Bundesliga match, making his appearance unlikely. Oliver Christensen should represent him between the posts if the worst comes to the worst.

Marton Dardaim, Alexander Schwolow, Kelian Nsona, Davie Selke and Dong-Jun Lee will definitely not be there due to injuries, and Santiago Ascacibar has to sit out due to a yellow card suspension.

HSV: With the exception of Tim Leibold and Anssi Suhonen, all players should be available for the red pants. Leibold has recovered from his cruciate ligament tear and has recently been training with the team again after his long rehabilitation phase. But of course it’s not enough for a return to the competition. Suhonen, meanwhile, broke his fibula in training on Wednesday and is now facing a longer mandatory break.

Who will replace the Finn in central midfield? Coach Tim Walter: “There are different options, we can move Moritz Heyer to the eighth position, we can withdraw Sonny Kittel to the eighth position, but we can also play with two strikers or choose a completely different option. That’s right The nice thing is that this season we have worked hard to be able to react very flexibly to such situations in terms of personnel and the way we play.”

Hertha BSC against HSV: Expected line-up

  • Hertha: Christensen – Plattenhardt, Kempf, Boyata, Pekarik – Tousart, Darida – Mittelstädt, Serdar, Boateng – Belfodil
  • HSV: Heuer Fernandes – Heyer, Schonlau, Vuskovic, Muheim – Meffert, Reis, Vagnoman – Kittel, Glatzel, Jatta

Bundesliga, relegation: The results of the past ten years

After three seasons that failed in the final sprint, HSV finally has the chance to get promoted back to the Bundesliga on the fourth attempt. However, if you look at the statistics for the past ten years, the Bundesliga team, in this case Hertha BSC, has a clear advantage. The first division team was able to win eight of the last ten relegations, Fortuna Düsseldorf and Union Berlin were the only second division teams to prevail.

Year Bundesliga club overall result second division first leg second leg
2012 Hertha BSC 3:4 Fortuna Dusseldorf 1:2 2:2
2013 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 5:2 1 FC Kaiserslautern 3:1 2:1
2014 Hamburger SV 1:1 (a) SpVgg Greuther Furth 0:0 1:1
2015 Hamburger SV 3:2 Karlsruhe SC 1:1 2:1 a.e.t.
2016 Eintracht Frankfurt 2:1 1. FC Nuremberg 1:1 1:0
2017 VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 Eintracht Braunschweig 1:0 1:0
2018 VfL Wolfsburg 4:1 Holstein Kiel 3:1 1:0
2019 VfB Stuttgart 2:2 (a) 1.FC Union Berlin 2:2 0:0
2020 Werder Bremen 2:2 (a) 1 FC Heidenheim 0:0 2:2
2021 1. FC Cologne 5:2 Holstein Kiel 0:1 5:1