VfB Stuttgart will face Hamburger SV in the relegation play-off for the last Bundesliga starting place for the 2023/24 season. All information about the first leg on Thursday (1 June, 20.45 CET/Sat.1) in our ticker.
- VfB Stuttgart – Hamburger SV (-:-)
- Traditional duel: A lot is at stake for VfB and HSV
- After suspension: HSV players ready again
- The ticker will be updated continuously.
VfB Stuttgart vs Hamburger SV: The line-ups
|Predicted line-up VfB Stuttgart||Bredlow – Sosa, Anton, Ito, Mavropanos, Vagnoman – Karazor, W. Endo, Tomas, Silas – Guirassy|
|Predicted line-up Hamburger SV||Heuer Fernandes – Muheim, Schonlau, David, Heyer – Meffert, Kittel, Reis – Dompé, Jatta – Glatzel|
VfB will be without Fabian Bredlow in the first leg of the relegation play-off against HSV
Update, June 1, 13:27 p.m.: As Sky reports, VfB Stuttgart will have to do without regular goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow in the first leg of the relegation play-off against Hamburger SV. Florian Müller will be in the housing for him.
VfB keeper Florian Müller (right) will stand in for regular goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow (left) in the first leg of the relegation play-off against HSV. © Hansjürgen Britsch/IMAGO
HSV without Laszlo Benes against VfB Stuttgart
HSV player Laszlo Benes will be sidelined in the relegation play-off against VfB, as he tore a muscle fibre against SV Sandhausen on the last matchday. Ludovit Reis returns after his yellow card.
VfB tremble before relegation against HSV around goalkeeper Bredlow
It is still questionable whether goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow will be fit in the relegation first leg against HSV. If it does, it will be a "precision landing," said VfB coach Sebastian Hoeneß at the press conference. During the warm-up before the game against Hoffenheim, the keeper suffered a torn medial ligament in his knee, but held out for the game. After that, the injury developed to the negative, Hoeneß explained.
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Dan-Axel Zagadou has overcome his foot pain and trained again for the first time on Tuesday. However, it will probably not be enough for the starting eleven in the first leg of the relegation.
VfB keeper Fabian Bredlow is suffering from a torn medial ligament in his knee. © IMAGO
VfB Stuttgart will be hoping for injured players Bredlow and Zagadou
Ahead of the relegation, VfB are worried about the use of goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow. Sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth told dpa: "It could be a precision landing with Fabian by Thursday." The keeper had injured his knee during the warm-up before the VfB match against TSG Hoffenheim (1-1), but had still played.
Meanwhile, Dan-Axel Zagadou was absent against TSG due to foot pain. Recently, however, the defender has made progress, so hopes of playing in the relegation first leg are justified. On Tuesday, both were on the training ground.
Dan-Axel Zagadou (left) and Fabian Bredlow of VfB Stuttgart have been injured recently. © Sportfoto Rudel/IMAGO
HSV: Jatta and Reis could play again after suspension against VfB
HSV coach Tim Walter had to do without Ludovit Reis (34th yellow card) and Bakery Jatta (yellow-red suspension) on Matchday 5 against SV Sandhausen. Laszlo Benes and Ransford Königsdörffer moved into the starting line-up for the two. In the relegation against VfB, however, Reis and Jatta are available again.
Although Hamburg narrowly missed out on direct promotion against Sandhausen last Sunday only due to Heidenheim's last-minute victory, coach Walter is looking forward to relegation in a positive way. There is a "now more than ever" atmosphere in his team, he said at the press conference. As usual, they were combative: "We will continue to fight, we will continue to step on the gas."
VfB Stuttgart vs. Hamburger SV in the relegation play-offs: traditional duel
Stuttgart/Hamburg - The excitement is palpable. Because on Thursday (20.45 CET/Sat.1) the relegation first leg between VfB Stuttgart and Hamburger SV will take place for the last Bundesliga starting place for the 2023/24 season. There is immense amount at stake for both traditional clubs. VfB could be relegated for the third time in seven years, while HSV will finally want to return to the top flight after five years in the second division.