Hamburg’s miserable campaign could be compounded by exile from the Bundesliga should they lose their promotion/relegation play-off tussle against second-tier stable Greuther Furth.
A run of five successive losses has left one of the leading football fraternities in Germany teetering on the brink of joining demoted top-tier duo Braunschweig and Nurnberg in the 2.Bundesliga next season, but despite this foul form, bwin have afforded them 83/100 favouritism to take a lead into the second leg.
The minnows hoping to condemn Mirko Slomka’s men ended up just two points shy of landing automatic promotion and have beaten three of their previous five adversaries, scoring at least twice in four of these outings.
Such goalscoring prowess should see them fare well against a team seeping at the back, shipping three on average across their final five regular season matches.
These stats add further appeal to Furth’s already alluring 7/2 enhanced price courtesy of the boys clad in black and gold.
At such enlarged odds, there’s sure to be plenty supporting the visitors here with Arsenal and Chelsea likely to be among them, though they’re probably not chasing the £105 profit on offer for those who invest their £30 free bet sign up bonus for opening an account at bwin.com on a boosted-bounty Greuther victory.
No, the capital clubs are looking for the low-hanging fruit in the Hamburg squad to succumb to further gravitational pull through the north German outfit’s relegation.
Here are the three targets that the clubs in question are hoping to pilfer:
Exiting his teens earlier this year, this fledgling Turkish superstar finished as HSV’s second-highest scorer and is tipped to fill the goal-getting midfielder boots belonging to Frank Lampard (we’re assured he’ll pack in one day) at Stamford Bridge.
He supplemented an impressive tally of 11 top-tier strikes with four assists and his age-belying performances have already earned international recognition.
One obvious factor behind Hamburg’s plight is the inexperience of all their top performers.
Centre-half Tah is just 18, but has been subject to much praise for his ship-steadying attempts amid the cyclone der Dinosaurier were immersed in.
He started 14 Bundesliga games, averaging 1.4 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per outing to catch the ever-surveying eyes of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.
The goalkeeping woes that have haunted the Gunners since the departure of Adler’s countryman Jens Lehmann may have subsided somewhat last season, but the 12-cap Die Mannschaft international is still widely rumoured to be on summer shopping lists left lying around the Emirates.
Adler has stated the Arsenal have twice previously attempted to sign him and the reduction in his price relegation will bring about could be the opportunity their frugal accounts team have been eyeing to make their move.