- Hamburg have won ten of their 16 home games this season.
- Sandhausen have lost seven of their 16 away games this season.
- Both teams have scored in five of Hamburg’s last six matches.
Hamburg lost 2-1 at Heidenheim and in the process dropped out of the promotion playoff position and now must better Heidenheim’s result on Sunday to stand any chance of returning to the Bundesliga this season. Sandhausen lost 1-0 at bottom of the table Dynamo Dresden last time out and have little to play for on Sunday other than a couple of league positions.
Our prediction for a Hamburger win this weekend is backed up by the form of both clubs at home and on the road this season, their motivation for a result on the final day of the season and their recent head to head record. Hamburg have won two and drawn one of their three previous encounters with Sandhausen and the hosts sit 14pts and eight places above their guests in the 2. Bundesliga table.
Hamburg have won the of their 16 home games so far this season while Sandhausen have lost more games on the road (7) than they have won or drawn. The hosts can still reach the playoffs if they better Heidenheim’s result on Sunday while Sandhausen have much less to play for as they are safe from relegation and can only move up or down a couple of places this weekend.
In terms of a final scoreline, we’re predicting a 2-1 home win as both teams have scored in each of the last two meetings between these two clubs as well as in five of Hamburg’s last six league outings. Both teams have scored in half of the hosts home matches and 56% of the visitors away trips, with the hosts scoring an average of 2.13 goals per home game and the visitors scoring an average of 1.13 goals on the road.
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