Karlsruher Sc vs Hamburger Sv 06/01/2015 Bundesliga Playoff Preview, Odds and Predictions
Hamburger Sv vs Karlsruher Sc
Monday 1st June 2015 18:00(GMT)
The Line: Karlsruher 11/10 Draw 12/5 Hamburger 12/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport; Gol TV; Bein Sport
One of the biggest games in Karlsruher recent history as they try to return to the Bundesliga for the first time since being relegated in 2009. In fact Karlsruher fell as far as B3 but are looking to make it two promotions in three years. Karlsruher have had a terrific season in Bundesliga 2 finishing third and come into this playoff having won their last two before the playoffs and missing out on automatic promotion by one point. Led by Hennings who has scored seventeen league goals in twenty seven league games, Hennings is a terrific finisher and scored Karlsruher goal in the first leg of these playoffs. Karlsruher have had trouble finding the net with Hennings being by far their leading scorer Yamada and torres will chip in from midfield but they must find a way to break down a tough Hamburger defence.
Hamburger have been an ever present in the Bundesliga for over fifty years, this will be a huge game for the club as they look to pull themselves out of the hole they got themselves into. Rafael Van Der Vaart was fit enough for a place on the bench in the first leg and the dutch midfielder will be a key figure if fit. Olic, Holtby and Lasogga will be the key figures up front and they must make use of the possession they will inevitably have. Having dominated possession in the first leg Hamburger failed to take advantage of it and may regret it by the end of this second leg.
Tough game to call here Karlsruher have had a good season and they played well in the first leg in Hamburg but there will be nerves here for the B2 side and the question is will Hamburg's greater experience enable them to get through this one? I am going to go with Hamburg here, the reasons are that I think Hamburg are that slight be better individually and in a tight game it could be a moment of individual brilliance that wins this one.