Hamburg, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Hamburg hosts Borussia Dortmund on Saturday with the club perched just above the relegation places and having earned one point from its last three Bundesliga games.
Dortmund, meanwhile, seems to finally be rounding into form a terrible first half of the season as Jurgen Klopp's men have won their last four games in league play.
But Hamburg manager Josef Zinnbauer will bring some confidence into Saturday's fixture because his side has managed to be a thorn in the side of Dortmund in recent years.
Hamburg has won four of the last five meetings between the teams, including a 1-0 win at Dortmund in October.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored the lone goal in October for Hamburg and he is back in contention for a place in the side after recovering from injury, as is Ivica Olic and Valon Behrami.
There will be a few absences in defense for Hamburg, however, as both Slobodan Rajkovic (injured) and Matthias Ostrzolek (suspended) will not be available.
Dortmund's recent resurgence has lifted the club out of the relegation zone and to within eight points of a Champions League spot, and Klopp's men will be eager to erase their struggles against Hamburg to continue their chase.
A 3-0 derby win over Schalke last weekend was followed by a midweek victory over Dynamo Dresden in the Pokal Cup to book the side a spot in the quarterfinals.
The only thing that took the shine off those wins was the fact that winger Marco Reus was forced off the field in Tuesday's win because of leg injury, although he could still feature on Saturday.
Leaders Bayern Munich visit Hannover with the club sitting eight points clear of second-place Wolfsburg, which travels to Augsburg on Saturday.
Monchengladbach visits mid-table Mainz as the team attempts to keep hold of its top-three place, while fourth-place Bayer Leverkusen travels to relegation-battling Paderborn with Leverkusen having won just once in their last four games.
Werder Bremen visits Freiburg, Schalke hosts Hoffenheim and Eintracht battles Cologne.
In Friday's match, Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin battled to a 0-0 draw, leaving Stuttgart on the bottom of the league while Hertha moves two points above the relegation places.