Match Time：11/10/2020 03:30 Tuesday (GMT+8)
Fabian Reese will return from suspension after missing Holstein Kiel’s 1-1 at Aue last weekend. Right back Phil Neumann was shown a red card in the 15th minute of the match and will be suspended for Monday’s battle with Hamburg. Defender Marco Komenda missed the match with a stress fracture to the foot. Midfielder Jeremy Dudziak returned from a shoulder injury to enter Hamburg’s 2-2 with St. Pauli as a substitute.
Suspended: Phil Neumann
Injured/unavailable: Jonas Sterner (ankle sprain), Noah Awuku (achilles), Thomas Dahne (coronavirus), Marco Komenda (foot)
Injured/unavailable: Bakery Jatta (adductors), Rick van Drongelen (knee)
MAIN PREDICTION: AWAY WIN
Holstein Kiel took a point from their visit to Aue despite playing the final 75 minutes with just ten men. The clubs exchanged goals in the first ten minutes, with Janni Serra equalizing in the ninth minute after their hosts scored just two minutes into play. Holstein Kiel has allowed a league-low five goals on the season, a mark that will be tested by the suspension to Phil Neumann and the injury to Marco Komenda. Hamburg got an 84th-minute goal from Simon Terodde to rescue a point from their derby visit from St. Pauli last weekend. The draw represents the first points dropped by Hamburg in league play this season, but the club remains undefeated at the top of the table. Hamburg has shown little weakness since league play began, with the recent derby draw being the lone significant threat to their unbeaten status. Holstein Kiel will be at home, but will have their defense tested by the league’s strongest attack, especially with some personnel shuffling being required. Go with the league leaders to grab the win.
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams split points in both meetings last season, 1-1 in Kiel in November and 3-3 in Hamburg in June.