Bundesliga Betting Tips

Hamburg vs Freiburg betting tips: DFB-Pokal semi-final preview, predictions and odds

The last nine meetings between these two have witnessed just 14 goals. Hamburg have only lost two of their last 20 home matches.

Under 2.5 goals is 19/20.

Under 2.5 goals and both teams to score NO is 7/5.

Freiburg to win and both teams to score NO is 13/5.

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Match preview

This year's DFB-Pokal has been a season of shocks, with giants falling in early rounds, epitomised by the fact these two are meeting in a semi-final.

Hamburger SV, in league terms, epitomise fallen giants, with HSV currently enduring a fourth consecutive campaign in the second-tier.

This doesn't look like ending either as they're currently sixth in 2. Bundesliga, despite Saturday's 3-0 drubbing of Karlsruher.

But here, they're one win away from a seventh cup final appearance, and first since 1987.

To get this far, Tim Walter's side have won no less than three penalties shootouts, beating Nürnberg, Köln and Karlsruher by that method in successive rounds.

So, can die Rothosen continue their memorable cup adventure?

Freiburg certainly come into this tie as favourites, given that they are the top-flight side.

Breisgau-Brasilianer were in the Champions League places as recently as January, and are very much still in contention for a European place.

On Saturday, Roland Sallai's brace saw them beat VfL Bochum 3-0, leaving them fifth, on course to qualify for a UEFA group stage for just the second time.

In the Pokal, Christian Streich's side have won four away games so far, overcoming Würzburger Kickers, Osnabrück, Hoffenheim and Bochum.

So, Freiburg are through to their first semi-final for nine years, dreaming of their first-ever major cup final.

Who will be celebrating an historic win at Volksparkstadion?

Hamburger SV team news

Defenders Tim Leibold and Stephan Ambrosius along with midfielders Maximilian Rohr and Elijah Krahn are all injured.

Robert Glatzel is, without doubt, their main goal threat, having scored his 22nd of the season at the weekend.

Freiburg team news

Yannik Keitel and Kevin Schade are both long-term absentees for the visitors.

Roland Sallai brace on Saturday will see him keep his place, supporting Woo-yeong Jeong and Nils Petersen up top.

Petersen has scored 101 goals in 234 games for Freiburg, including 11 in 14 Pokal appearances.

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