The media reports from Germany this week have been dominated by the Hamburg derby that took place on Wednesday evening. St Pauli, the smaller of the two clubs, had not won a derby since 1977 but managed to cause an upset in the Nordbank arena. Obviously in a derby like this the reactions were strong and the sport director of HSV announced that he wanted to throw up when having to witness the St Pauli fans celebrating their glorious win in the stadium of HSV.
Despite the derby loss Hamburg have got to get their mind and body rehabilitated very quickly because on Saturday they entertain Werder Bremen. Next to the derby this might very well be the most important game of the season for HSV. Hamburg and Bremen are two popular clubs in the north of Germany and both of them have been quite successful in the past. Throughout the years the rivalry between these two clubs has grown and the fans consider this to be the “Battle of the North”.
If you have a look at the table you can spot Werder Bremen at the bottom end of the table and HSV in the upper half. Of course this is a huge disappointment for the “Hanseaten” from Bremen who wished to challenge for a Champions League place this season. As a measure to improve the situation the board of the club brought some new players in the winter break. The Brazilian defender Samuel was bought from FC Sao Paolo and the Swedish promising young striker Denni Avdic was bought from IF Elfsborg. Avdic has not started a game yet but on Saturday he seems to have good chances of a place in the starting line-up! As for HSV the most famous players in the squad are the high flying Dutch striker van Nistelrooy, the Brazilian ze Roberto, the German national player Marcel Jensen and the Dutch star Elia.
What’s your pick on this clash? Do you think HSV will have recovered from the derby loss or will Bremen be able to deliver another blow? Take a look at our odds and give it a go!