• The last competitive meeting between the two sides was in last season’s DFB Cup, when Hamburg progressed to the quarterfinals courtesy of a 2-1 home win over 1. FC Köln.
  • The Rhineland club have won just one of their last six home games against HSV (D1, L4) – a 3-2 victory in October 2010 (3 goals from Milivoje Novakovic).
  • Köln had their best ever second-division campaign last season, accumulating 68 points and securing promotion to the Bundesliga from the second tier (in its current format) for the fifth time (1999/2000, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2007/08, 2013/14).
  • After finishing 16th with just 27 points, 2013/14 was Hamburger SV’s worst ever Bundesliga campaign. It led to them playing in the relegation play-off for the first time (0-0 draw at home, 1-1 draw away against Fürth).
  • HSV conceded more goals last season than ever before in their Bundesliga history (75), also giving them the leakiest defence in the division.
  • Köln set a new second-division record last season, conceding just 20 goals in total. No side had ever conceded fewer than 26 goals after 34 games in the 2. Bundesliga in its current format.
  • Hamburg have lost each of their last nine Bundesliga away games. Manager Mirko Slomka’s baron run away from home stretches to as many as 15 BL matches – only Udo Klug has suffered a longer losing streak on the road in the history of the top flight (21 consecutive defeats between 1982 and 1986).
  • Köln wasted 81 clear-cut chances (of 114) last season – more than any of the other teams had in total. They also missed five of their seven penalties in 2013/14, a league high since the 2. Bundesliga took on the 18-team format in 1994/95.
  • HSV chairman Dietmar Beiersdorfer ended his playing career at 1. FC Köln (16 Bundesliga games in the second half of 1995/96). His first BL goal led Hamburg to a 1-0 win against Köln on 15th November 1986.
  • Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored 10 of his 13 goals last season away from home and he only required 11 games for them. The striker also scored HSV’s decisive away goal in the relegation play-off against Fürth. The former Hertha loanee signed a permanent deal with Hamburg this summer.