Preview - Hannover vs Borussia Dortmund 28 Oct

Started by Bensergi, Oct 28, 2017, 06:58 PM

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Oct 28, 2017, 06:58 PM Last Edit: Oct 31, 2017, 06:09 PM by Bensergi
Hannover vs Borussia Dortmund

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed Dortmund's German Cup action in midweek with a muscular problem. Together with uprising talent Christian Pulisic, the attacking duo will be assessed shortly before the team-sheets are submitted. Should the Gabon international miss out, Alexander Isak could make his first Bundesliga start after scoring in the Cup in midweek.

Only five points separate Dortmund and Hannover, who have impressed mightily on their return to the top flight following a one-year absence - going unbeaten in their first six matches and conceding just two goals in four home games so far.

The sixth-placed home team currently have the best defence in the Bundesliga along with Dortmund and Bayern Munich.


Match Stats:

  • Bayern Munich 2-0 RB Leipzig
  • Shots: 20-3
  • Possession: 69%-31%
  • Corner kicks: 11-1

Bayern Munich moved to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time this season after beating 10-man RB Leipzig for the second time in the space of four days on Saturday.

Javi Martinez had a couple of half-chances for Bayern in a lively opening, but the game's turning point arrived in the 13th minute, as Leipzig captain Willi Orban was sent off after barging into Arjen Robben on the edge of the area. Ralph Hasenhüttl sacrificed Timo Werner - the man whose missed penalty handed Bayern victory in the DFB Cup in midweek - for Ibrahima Konate, but that didn't prevent James giving Bayern the lead shortly afterwards with his first goal at the Allianz Arena. Lewandowski added a second from Martinez's killer through ball, although the Polish marksman was forced off with a suspected hamstring injury before half-time.

Leipzig made a bright start to the second period, pressing Bayern a little further up the pitch, but with 10 men their legs soon began to tire. The hosts were content to defend their two-goal advantage and had relatively few chances to add a third. David Alaba fired a free-kick just wide on the hour while James had a couple of efforts from distance, but the game had been put to bed long before the final whistle. Leipzig even went down to nine men late on, Naby Keita limping off with an ankle injury after Hasenhüttl had used all of his substitutes. While it has been a week to forget for the Saxony club, Bayern continues to go from strength to strength under Jupp Heynckes.

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